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Action to force travellers off Grimsby and Cleethorpes sites

Action to force travellers off Grimsby and Cleethorpes sites

Action to force travellers off Grimsby and Cleethorpes sites

The council has begun legal action to force travellers off sites in Grimsby and Cleethorpes.

Groups of caravans have been in the field at King George V Stadium in Weelsby Road, Grimsby, since the weekend and on the Boating Lake car park in the resort since last week.

Action to force travellers off Grimsby and Cleethorpes sites

North East Lincolnshire Council has served notices that compel them to leave or face court action, which would be the next step.

A spokesperson said: “We have visited the site and carried out a statutory welfare check. The council have now started legal proceedings to remove the unauthorised encampment from their land.”

The Boating Lake group was served a notice on Friday, and on Monday notice was served to the group at King George V Stadium.

The council is responsible for dealing with unauthorised gypsy and traveller camps on land owned by the council.

The travellers issue has long been a difficult one in North East Lincolnshire, where there are no local authority-owned gypsy or traveller camp sites in the area.

A shortlist of potential sites was drawn up last year.

A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: “There is a strict process to follow in establishing a Designated Stopover Site.

“We recently completed a technical consultation on the shortlist of five sites. This involved going out to seek the views of professional bodies including Highways England, the Environment Agency and Historic England, on the shortlist.

“Also, in line with a current review of the Local Plan, we have commissioned a review of the needs assessment to ensure our demand for places is based on the most current information.”

“Once this is complete we can consider the feedback from both and review the next steps.”

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