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JUDGE BACKS CRAWLEY BC OVER CAR PARK INJUNCTION

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A Crawley guest house owner was jailed by London's High Court on Friday after he breached two injunctions ordering ...
A Crawley guest house owner was jailed by London's High Court on Friday after he breached two injunctions ordering him to stop using his land as a long-stay car park for holidaymakers travelling via Gatwick Airport. Sending George Gibson to Pentonville Prison for 21 days, Mr Justice Dyson said he had committed 'flagrant' breaches of two court injunctions issues against him at the request of Crawley Borough Council in August and September this year.

The judge said that it appeared Mr Gibson considered court orders to be 'not worth the paper they are written on'. Since 1988 Mr Gibson had been charging nearly £3 a day for holidaymakers to use his land as a long-stay car park in breach of planning permission and 'several' enforcement notices issued by the Borough Council, the judge said. An Environment Ministry Inspector had also dismissed Mr Gibson's appeal against refusal of planning permission after a public inquiry in 1989, he added.

He said that 'upto 300 hundred cars' were seen to be parked on his three-and-a-half acre plot of land 'during the peak holiday period' and for Mr Gibson it 'was a very lucrative business indeed.'

The judge said two injunctions ordering Mr Gibson to cease his activities had been issued against him on the request of Crawley Borough Council, on August 25 and September 8 this year. 'The time has come for him to realise that he cannot flout court orders and it seems the only thing that will make him do this is a term of imprisonment for 21 days,' the judge said. Mr Gibson was also ordered to pay the borough's legal costs.
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