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Issue 277 - 2 May 2015: News
Court of Appeal finds in favour of ParkingEye

Court of Appeal finds in favour of ParkingEye
Mark Moran

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a case brought against private parking operator ParkingEye by a motorist who argued that levying an £85 charge for an hour’s overstay in a free car park was disproportionate and unlawful. Barry Beavis, the motorist, was issued with the parking charge notice (PCN) after he overstayed a two-hour limit at a retail park in Chelmsford in April 2013. ParkingEye, which is owed by Capit... continue

ANPR Ltd expelled from BPA Approved Operator Scheme
Mark Moran

The British Parking Association (BPA) has terminated parking operator ANPR Ltd’s membership of the Approved Operator Scheme (AOS). Following complaints by motorists, the BPA imposed 16 ‘sanction points’ on the company after investigations revealed multiple breaches of the AOS Code of Practice. The BPA said the breaches included failing to follow agreed procedures in handling motorist appeals and failing to meet BPA customer... continue

Private parking sector needs just one standards setting body, says BPA
Mark Moran

The British Parking Association (BPA) is arguing that there is a need to end the current situation where there are two trade bodies for the private off-street parking management sector. Private parking operators have the option of joining either the BPA-run Approved Operator Scheme (AOS) or the Independent Parking Committee (IPC). Both the AOS and IPC are recognised by the DVLA as Accredited Trade Associations (ATAs), which means their members... continue

Parking & Property to discuss ParkingEye vs Beavis

Parking & Property to discuss ParkingEye vs Beavis

The enforcement of parking on private land, the ‘Sharing Economy’, ‘Connected Cars’ the benchmarking of accessible parking bays and Life Care Plans are just some of the many themes being discussed at Parking & Property 2015.  The annual conference is the only UK event focussed purely on the off-street parking sector. The event is programmed by Mark Moran, editor of Parking Review, and Nigel Williams, ma... continue

Operational
From car park to catwalk

From car park to catwalk
The 62nd edition of London Fashion Week will take place in a car park in the heart of Soho.  NCP’s Art Deco Brewer Street multi-storey... continue

Ealing permits now totally paperless
Ealing Council ended the use of paper parking permits last month. Since 6 April only electronic ‘virtual’ permits have been issued to... continue

Business News

Mayfair car park put on the market
A central London car park dating back to the Edwardian era is being put on the market as a potential development site. The Carrington Street car... continue

UK airport parking amongst world's most ‘expensive’
Seven of the world’s 10 most expensive airport car parks are in the UK, research by JustPark indicates. The online parking rental service... continue

Rochdale’s free parking policy wins business award

Rochdale’s free parking policy wins business award
A Greater Manchester council has won a business-friendly award for its plans to introduce free car parking across its boundaries. Rochdale Borough... continue

Knowsley retains APCOA on-street
APCOA Parking (UK) has been awarded a new five-year contract to provide enforcement services for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Knowsley is... continue

Total Car Parks wins first healthcare contract

Total Car Parks wins first healthcare contract
Total Car Parks has won its first NHS contract. The company will manage the patient and visitor car park at the West Berkshire Community Hospital in... continue

Q-Park takes over Channel 4 HQ parking
Q-Park is to take over the long-term management lease of the Horseferry Road London car park. The car park was previously operated by APCOA Parking... continue

Purple Parking buys Meteor off VINCI Park
Purple Parking has completed its purchase of rival airport parking operator Meteor Meet & Greet from VINCI Park UK. Purple Parking will take over... continue

Glasgow off-airport car park being sold to investors bay by bay
Investors are being offered the opportunity to purchase individual parking bays at the Park First off-airport car park serving Glasgow Airport. The... continue

Cambridge University Hospitals hires VINCI Park
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust has hired VINCI Park UK as its new parking and security management contractor. The contract, which started... continue

Enforcement News

Croydon’s CEOs given Blue Badge app
The London Borough of Croydon has developed a smartphone app that helps council officers check the validity of Blue Badges when out on-street.... continue

Judge overturns tribunal’s suspended bay decision

Judge overturns tribunal’s suspended bay decision
Deniz Huseyin
A parking adjudicator was wrong to reject an appeal relating to a suspended bay, a High Court judge has decided. The case was taken to Judicial... continue

Manchester civil enforcement officer quits after ticketing crashed taxi

Manchester civil enforcement officer quits after ticketing crashed taxi
Deniz Huseyin
A civil enforcement officer resigned after seeing footage that showed her issuing a penalty charge notice to a taxi involved in an... continue

Vehicle tax rule changes linked to surge in removals
There  has been a sharp rise in the number of cars clamped and towed away by the DVLA since changes to car tax rules, The Guardian has reported.... continue

Islington unveils litter reporting app
Islington Council has launched a smartphone app that will enable residents and visitors to report sightings of rubbish, which will then be... continue

Parking Policy

Office park(ing): The car is a popular workplace
Noisy and cramped conditions in trains, planes and airports are discouraging many commuters and business people from working while travelling. In... continue

Brits like taking their cars abroad, survey reveals

Brits like taking their cars abroad, survey reveals
Taking the car remains a popular option for many British holidaymakers, with almost a third planning to head abroad by car, according to the Car... continue

Crime

Ticket fraudster gets suspended sentence
A south London man was given a suspended jail sentence after fraudulently attempting to evade parking tickets. Nathan Grant from Streatham appealed... continue

Driver fined £740 for Blue Badge fraud
A court has ordered a motorist to pay £740 for the fraudulent use of a Blue Badge. The motorist, who failed to appear in court, was caught... continue

Builders filmed attacking CEO found guilty of assault

Builders filmed attacking CEO found guilty of assault
Deniz Huseyin
Three men have been found guilty of assaulting a civil enforcement officer (CEO) in the London borough of Camden after video footage of the incident... continue

Construction
Heathrow T2 pushes barrier design to the edge

Heathrow T2 pushes barrier design to the edge
Heathrow Terminal 2’s Short Stay multi-storey provides parking for 1,500 vehicles. The car park was named Best New Car Park at the British... continue

USL upgrades Manchester shopping centre top deck

USL upgrades Manchester shopping centre top deck
USL StructureCare has upgraded the multi-storey car park serving the Middleton shopping centre in Greater Manchester. The Middleton Centre, which is... continue

CitiPark takes over running of three Watford multi-storey car parks
CitiPark has taken over the management and upkeep of three multi-storey car parks owned by Watford Borough Council in Hertfordshire. The Leeds-based... continue

Accommodating upmarket drivers

Accommodating upmarket drivers
With 52 floors providing over 200 apartments 181-metre high One St George Wharf in London is one of the tallest residential towers in Europe. The... continue

Makers lifts footbridge in one piece

Makers lifts footbridge in one piece
Makers Construction decided it was safer to temporarily remove a footbridge spanning a busy Northamptonshire road rather than repair it in situ.... continue

Developments
Preston’s concrete icon gets new lease of life

Preston’s concrete icon gets new lease of life
A design competition is underway for the refurbishment and reinvention of Preston’s iconic bus station as a youth centre. Lancashire County... continue

People News
Lincoln CEOs pay tribute to colleague

Lincoln CEOs pay tribute to colleague
Civil enforcement officers at APCOA Parking (UK) paid respects to their late supervisor Eddie Wallis at Lincoln crematorium on 10 April.  Six... continue

APCOA Parking hires Chapman as buyer

APCOA Parking hires Chapman as buyer
APCOA Parking (UK) has appointed Marc Chapman as procurement manager for the UK and Ireland. He joins the parking company from American healthcare... continue

NSL donates £6,000 to Macmillan

NSL donates £6,000 to Macmillan
NSL staff raised a total of £6,000 for charity Macmillan Cancer Support via sporting challenges, baking cakes and holding coffee mornings. The... continue

Daughtrey drives Independent Parking Committee's business development

Daughtrey drives Independent Parking Committee's business development
Malcolm Daughtrey has joined the Independent Parking Committee (IPC) in the new role of business development manager.  “My role within IPC... continue

BPA to create chief operating officer role
The British Parking Association (BPA) is strengthening its executive team. The association is to appoint a chief operating officer (COO) to work... continue

Awards
Makers’ apprentice scheme is a winner

Makers’ apprentice scheme is a winner
Makers Construction’s apprentice scheme were a winner at the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Committed to Excellence in the East... continue