Thefts at Bristol airport parking site
An airport parking site at Bristol airport has been the target for a number of thefts in recent weeks.
The Bristol Park and Fly in Stock Lane in the Langford area of Bristol saw a spate of thefts in October. In the most serious incident a car was stolen from the airport parking site.
On four other occasions during October police received calls from people who had had items stolen from their cars while using Bristol Park and Fly.
The stolen car plus items from the airport parking office were subsequently found following a search of a home in the Bristol area.
In October an enforcement notice was served on Bristol Park and Fly giving the airport car park four months to cease trading after a planning application for a change of land use was turned down.
Bristol Park and Fly has been operating from the former Monaghans Mushroom Farm since 2007. North Somerset Council says the land at Monaghans Mushroom Farm is not zoned for use for airport parking under the North Somerset Replacement Local Plan which regulates development in the area.
In a report on the decision to refuse change of use, planning inspector Tim Belcher concluded that there are currently enough airport car parks serving Bristol airport.
More than 40 unauthorised airport car parks near Bristol airport have been closed down by North Somerset Council in the last four years. This highlights the importance of checking the credentials of airport parking operators before making a booking.
Reputable companies should tell you about themselves in their About us page so you can check exactly who you are dealing with.
Another thing to look out for when booking airport parking is whether the car park has been awarded the Park Mark for safer parking. The Park Mark means the car park has been vetted by the police to make sure measures have been put in place to create a safe environment. Reputable airport car parks should have CCTV surveillance and regular patrols by staff.