‘Let’s camp in Spalding car park and see what happens!’

Travellers before leaving their camp in the Victoria Street car park. SG300515-150TW
Travellers before leaving their camp in the Victoria Street car park. SG300515-150TW
  • + Council cannot give a figure as to how much the travellers’ stay cost Spalding + Incident will be reviewed
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Councillors have been accused of having double standards after three days of car parking fees were lost in Spalding when travellers moved in.

One Spalding Guardian reader has even suggested residents should camp out this weekend on one of the council’s car parks and “then see how the double standards would come into play”.

However, South Holland District Council says it is unable to give the total cost to the town of the gypsies’ visit to the Victoria Street car park.

A spokesman said: “We can’t give a figure as it would be speculation. However, by setting up alternative free parking in Kings Road we ensured people were able to visit and shop in the town centre.”

Council worker John Binney was one of team sent in to clear up the mess on Monday morning. He said: “Four of us came in at 6am when the car park was covered in litter and we gathered up about four heaps of rubbish.”

However, the SHDC spokesman said: “In terms of the cost of the clear-up, there were no additional costs as these were incorporated as part of a normal cleansing day.

“We will be reviewing the incident to see what lessons can be learnt.”