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Landowner faces £46k bill after operating 'unofficial' car park by Wexham Park Hospital
A COUNCIL has won a lengthy legal battle against a landowner who operated an “unauthorised” car park by a hospital site.
Jimmy Smith, 45, was charging £3 per day for vehicles to park on Green Belt land opposite Wexham Park Hospital, according to South Bucks District Council.
Patients and visitors have long complained about a lack of parking within the official hospital car park, where drivers have to stump up £10 per day.
The council, alerted to the unofficial car park in early 2010, said Mr Smith has since failed to comply with two enforcement notices which required him to cease this use and take out some hard-standing from the land.
Mr Smith, of The Warren, Rowley Lane, Wexham, pleaded guilty to non-compliance with the enforcement notices, the council said, for which he was fined £3,600 after a hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court.
And due to the monetary gain from the car park, the council also sought legal action under the Proceeds of Crime Act and Mr Smith was ordered to pay £33,600, as well as the council’s legal costs of £9,000.
Bosses at Wexham Park Hospital told the Bucks Free Press they are aware of the parking problems within the hospital site and are continuing to explore options to improve the situation. This includes plans to add 66 parking spaces for patients and visitors.
The BFP contacted Mr Smith but he did not wish to comment.
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