Read the link and he has also got to replant the land with 37 2,5m mature oak saplings, expected to cost him £25-30,000 and has to pay £18,000 Eastleigh Council Legal fees.
So in total this vandalistic foray is going to cost him over £90,000, and he must realise by now that if he doesn't do it, the Council will be on to him again and he will have more fines and costs.
It is happening with Listed Buildings as well. When a some years ago a local farmer took a bull dozer to try to destroy a listed cottage. His fines were nominal, but he had to completely restore the cottage under the beady eye of our Conservation Officer who made daily visits and it cost him over £70,000, and I read yesterday that another developer got fined £50,000 for removing windows from a Listed building without consent and refusing to replace them.
It is time councils got tough with these vandal and made sure their vandalism doesn't pay.