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21 June 2015, 07:23
A man has been fined £17,500 after letting people using Stansted airport park on his land.
David Murnane was charged with failure to comply with an enforcement notice, issued by Uttlesford District Council on 10 February 2014.
This took effect on 14 March 2014 and required him to cease the use of his agricultural land at Fuller's End for airport related parking by 15 April 2014. Mr Murnane continued to use the land for airport related car parking.
Mr Murnane rented the field adjacent to his property to two companies, Car Storage Ltd and Stansted Car Storage Ltd, receiving £600 per month from them. Up to 150 vehicles had been stored in the field at various times.
Chelmsford Magistrates Court convicted Mr Murnane of failing to comply with the enforcement notice on 20 April 2015. He was sentenced last Thursday (4 June).
The magistrates based the value of the fine on Mr Murnane's declaration regarding the income he had received, and reminded him that the payments are priority debts.
In addition to the fine, Mr Murnane was ordered to pay costs of £2,842.85 and a victim surcharge of £120.
Cllr Derek Jones, lead member for enforcement at UDC, said: "It is pleasing to see that inappropriate activity of this sort will not go unpunished. It will serve to renew the warning to others who may try and flaunt the law, that the council will take action."
Mr Murnane has appealed the decision to the Crown Court.