More than 100 travellers who took over two popular Mablethorpe car parks have decided to leave - on the same day the council won a costly court order to move them on.
The legal action, by East Lindsey District Council, has cost taxpayers £2,000 - and the travellers’ two week stay in the town has been a big blow on the tourism industry.
Nearly 100 traveller vehicles took over council-run car parks in Seacroft Road the High Street, next to the station sports centre.
The vehicles arrived on August 3 and have been parking unlawfully for the last two weeks.
They left on Monday (August 17), leaving a hoard of rubbish behind (pictured).
The district council quickly began legal proceedings to get a possession order for the land and went to the County Court in Boston on Monday (August 17) - the earliest court date it could get.
They managed to get the possession order from the court - the same time the travellers were leaving.
Separate legal action was taken last Thursday (August 13) after the second council car park was taken over.
This has resulted in the cost of around £2,000 of taxpayers money to undertake the legal proceedings.
One of the travellers, who did not want to be named told the Leader: “We came to Mablethorpe for a little summer holiday and all of the people in the town have been really nice.
“We have not had any trouble and this is our first time in Mablethorpe and we would definitely come back again.”
Further costs have been lost through the loss of earnings of the two car parks as well as a number of business owners seeing a decrease in takings.
Karen Cartwright from Chocolate Falls said: “During Friday and Saturday business has been horrendous.
“Holidaymakers have said they didn’t want to come into town for the fear of the travellers and I think this has been the main perception of them.”
Simon Sherratt, owner of The Remington Club in Mablethorpe said: “We ended up losing money on Friday night and Saturday as we made the decision to close as we were worried about the celebrations they were planning to have and we were concerned about possible damage.
“The annoying thing was that travellers kept coming in uninvited, using the toilets and leaving them in a mess.”
Damian Wilkinson from Belas Toys and Sports Shop said: “The financial climate has not been great this year, but I have seen a loss in takings recently.
“I don’t think it’s right for traveller vehicles to make an impact in town for as long as they have.”
Karen Cartwright from Chocolate Falls said: “During Friday and Saturday business has been horrendous. Holidaymakers have said they didn’t want to come into town for the fear of the travellers and I think this has been the main perception of them.”
Communications Leader at East Lindsey District Council, James Gilbert said: “The district council would like to thank the police and the town council for their support over the last few days as well as the local district councillors that have been helping out on the ground.”