Men landed with airport car park fine

TWO men have been ordered to pay more than £14,000 after they illegally used land as an airport car park. Francis Fry and Kevin Penfold were both

TWO men have been ordered to pay more than £14,000 after they illegally used land as an airport car park.Francis Fry and Kevin Penfold were both ordered to stop using land to provide car parking for passengers at Bristol International Airport but they carried on regardless.North Somerset Council issued them with a temporary stop notice, ordering them to not use the land illegally, after officers found 200 cars parked on the land in Felton, near the Lulsgate airport.Another notice was issued when officers returned to the site and found cars still parked on the land.The two men were hauled in front of North Somerset magistrates who heard that Penfold, of Rhodyate Hill, Congresbury, was running the operation. Magistrates fined him £9,000 after both men pleaded guilty to two counts of not complying with a stop notice and one count of not complying with an enforcement notice. Fry, who owns the land and lives on the site, was fined £3,000 and both men were each ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.The council says the land is in protected green belt and no unauthorised activity or development should take place there.


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