Unauthorised parking sites around Stansted Airport have received stop notices from Uttlesford District Council enforcement officers.

The council issued a temporary stop notice, two enforcement notices and two stop notices, and is also investigating several other sites as part of a "focused and intensive" investigation.

As Stansted Airport returns to pre-pandemic levels of activity, the areas nearby have been experiencing an increase in unauthorised airport parking in fields and farmyards, which has become prominent this summer.

This causes a burden on restricted roads and constant traffic disturbance, as well as a visual intrusion on the countryside.


Leader of the council, Cllr Petrina Lees, said: "Residents and businesses should not have to put up with dangerous driving and anti-social parking from people parking near the airport.

"Illegal parking in fields not only harms the environment, it also looks unsightly and can be dangerous with large numbers of vehicles being driven on small roads.

"I hope these stop notices serve as a reminder that the council takes incidents of rogue parking extremely seriously and will take the firmest course of action when it has the evidence to do so."

The serving of stop notices makes continuing the parking operators a criminal offence, which could result in prosecution.