MP Hayes weighs in on deadlock over travellers in Spalding
Spalding's MP has stepped in to try and resolve frustrations over an unauthorised travellers' site on the edge of town.
But attempts by residents to persuade a host of authorities, including Lincolnshire County Council, South Holland District Council, RSPCA and Welland & Deepings Internal Drainage Board (IDB), to take action have so far failed.
Now John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, is putting pressure on the IDB to carry out enforcement measures and move the travellers on, in response to residents' complaints.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: "A few months ago, some travellers moved in at South Drove with a horsebox, trailers, caravans and trucks.
"Every time I looked there seemed to be another vehicle that had arrived, but I thought 'Let the council sort it out'.
"But now people are very upset because on this travellers' site, there are dogs locked up in trailers and I hear them barking at night.
"There never seems to be anybody there who comes and feeds the dogs and so some of my neighbours have talked to the RSPCA about their welfare.
"My neighbours also rang the district council and they were passed on to the county council in trying to get something done."
The land is owned by Welland and Deepings IDB but chief executive officer Karen Daft confirmed that it is being rented out to housebuilders Kier Group "who would be responsible for any enforced removal".
However, a Kier spokesman said: "The travellers' site at South Drove, Spalding, is on private land owned by the IDB.
"Due to this, we do not have the powers to take any enforcement action.
"However, we will cooperate fully with the landowner."
Mr Hayes, who has now written to Welland and Deepings IDB about residents' concerns, said: "I have asked the IDB what urgent action it will take to remove the travellers who, in my opinion, should be moved on as soon as possible.
"I am pressing all of the relevant authorities to take action, on behalf of the residents, and I am very happy to take the lead in order to protect the interests of my constituents."