Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Airport Parking Firm Is Now Using Muddy Field

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Airport Parking Firm Is Now Using Muddy Field

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HUNDREDS of holidaymakers' cars are now being parked on a muddy field - next door to a stately home where a Manchester Airport car park firm has been banned from operating.

Drone footage and photographs show how a huge fleet of vehicles are now being parked in a churned-up field.

The site, surrounded by a low barbed wire fence, is being advertised as 'safe and secure' to customers by a meet and greet firm - which is not affiliated with the airport.

The M.E.N. told last month how more than 100 customers of Car Park Manchester returned from their holidays to be told their car keys had been stolen from its base at Davenport Green Hall, in Trafford. It later emerged that Trafford council had rejected an appeal by the business for planning permission to continue operating its parking business from the hall. But it appears cars are now being left in a neighbouring field off Brooks Drive, Hale Barns.

Trafford council says it is investigating the site - but that the field is outside the boundaries of Davenport Green Hall and therefore not within the scope of their enforcement notice. They have said they are now in contact with the landowner to ascertain whether planning regulations have been breached.

When the M.E.N. visited the hall, we saw cars - many mud-splattered - both across a field and parked up the lane leading to the property.

And customers have complained about their vehicles being returned to them in a poor state.

John Watson left his car at the site while on holiday and returned on September 16 at 3am from Turkey, waiting over an hour for the return of his £28,000 Ford Ranger.

When it did arrive, John says he was shocked at its condition and claims it was covered in dirt. He said: "The inside of my truck was absolutely filthy. It was horrendous." Chris Holl, 45, booked his £10,000 Audi A3 in through Ezybook - and received a booking confirmation which referred to Car Park Manchester. "They told me on the phone when I got back they'd lost my key.

"I called them five times and they offered to get me a taxi to take me home. But we went to their yard instead on Shay Lane in Hale.

"We just saw mud and abandoned cars. …

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