Travellers evicted from Lido car park

The travellers were served with an eviction notice after setting up camp at Peterhead's Lido car park.
The travellers were served with an eviction notice after setting up camp at Peterhead's Lido car park.

The group of travellers who set up camp at Peterhead’s Lido car park last week have moved on after being served with eviction papers.

Aberdeenshire Council confirmed on Wednesday that eviction papers had been issued and that the group had to move on with immediate effect.

The group set up camp early last week and eviction proceedings were instigated by the local authority shortly afterwards. Speaking on Friday, Peterhead councillor, Stuart Pratt, said he was keen to see the group moved on as soon as possible.

“We want them moved away from the Lido. It’s valuable parking space that is being taken up,” he said.

Fellow councillor Steven Smith added: “Eviction proceedings commenced last Wednesday. It was clearly unacceptable for a public car park to be used in this way.”

Police Scotland also confirmed that they were aware of the camp but added that there had been no issues with the travellers. Plans had previously been put forward by Aberdeenshire Council for a traveller site at Aikey Brae in Mintlaw but the proposal was voted down councillors last year.

After the eviction papers were issued the travellers were gone by Saturday morning, leaving rubbish and general waste behind.

However this had been cleared up by Monday morning. It is unclear where the group has since moved on to.