Photo: Travellers leave Tulketh Street central car park

Motorhomes, vans and caravans initially arrived at one car park on Tuesday.

Since Easter Sunday, the main car park was completely full, with vehicles jutting out onto the road, the second car park was partly filled, leaving few spaces for shoppers trying to park in Southport town centre.

A number of local pubs closed as a precaution. However the ‘Old Ship Inn’ was drank dry last night as traveller’s prepared for a traditional wedding today(Monday 28).

A spokesman for Sefton Council on Wednesday 24 March said: “In line with our Unauthorised Encampment Policy, we have spoken to the Travellers at the Tulketh Street car park and have started the required legal process to ensure they can be moved on as quickly as possible.”

One Traveller told “We will go when we are ready… and that will be on Tuesday after we have been to the wedding!”

Travellers have now left the most central car park and have packed out the smaller one. Wedding celebrations are likely to carry on into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Bags of rubbish, gas bottles, dog kennels’ and human excrement litter the car park.


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