HYNDBURN MP Greg Pope is urging the Government to change the law on illegal traveller camps after residents suffered a summer of disruption.
Backed by County Council-lor Jean Battle, he wants councils and police to be given more powers to deal with the itinerants.
The travellers, not thought to be genuine gypsies, have set up illegal camps on council land and various highways in the borough over the last few months.
Each case requires a separate court order to move them on, specific only to the travellers illegally pitched at any one place.
They can then be replaced almost immediately by another set of travellers, at which point the whole costly process starts over again.
It has been estimated that each time a case goes to court the cost could be as high as £1,000, plus costs to the police and then the clear-up costs afterwards.
Travellers have set up illegally in at least six locations in Hyndburn over the summer and have been repeatedly moved on by both Hyndburn Council and Lancashire County Council.
County Councillor Battle said: "This whole mess is costing local council taxpayers a fortune. We are hard-pressed for money as it is and I am sure that Hyndburn people would rather see their money spent on essential services like fire-fighters or schools.
"We need extra help to stop this happening again in future."
Mr Pope said: "Local councillors like Jean have worked really hard to resolve this and the county council has done its best but I'm not convinced that the Government has given them enough powers.
"Businesses have been losing money and people have been intimidated. I will be raising this with Government ministers as a matter of urgency."
The most high-profile of the summer camps was on land at Commercial Street, Church, consisting of up to six caravans.
Nearby residents accused them of lighting fires, causing problems in pubs and leaving a trail of rubbish in their wake.