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Issue 269 - 30 August 2014: News
Quarter of UK venues don't provide disabled parking bays

Quarter of UK venues don't provide disabled parking bays
Patrick McDonnell

A quarter of visitor attractions in the UK do not provide disabled parking, a survey by charity Vitalise reveals. The survey also found that almost two thirds (63%) of attractions were not fully wheelchair accessible. Only half of the UK's top 100 most-visited attractions responded to Vitalise's request for their basic accessibility informatio... continue

NHS hospitals told set reasonable parking charges and use pay-at-exit

NHS hospitals told set reasonable parking charges and use pay-at-exit
Mark Moran

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has told NHS hospitals to cut the cost of parking for certain groups. Trusts should also set parking charges that are reasonable and switch to pay-on-exit, or similar schemes, so motorists pay only for the time they use. The new Department for Health Guidelines say that parking concessions should be offered to: people with disabilities; frequent outpatient attenders; visitors with relatives who are gravely ill or... continue

Pickles promises to investigate enforcement of private parking

Pickles promises to investigate enforcement of private parking
Mark Moran

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has signalled his intention to investigate how parking in private car parks is managed. This follows a high profile campaign by the Daily Mail criticising the use of ANPR enforcement. The cabinet minister has said that the Department for Local Government  and Communities (DCLG) will investigate the use of camera enforcement, especially in car parks serving retail destinations. Pickles’ comments come... continue

BMW builds JustPark booking system into new MINI models

BMW builds JustPark booking system into new MINI models
Mark Moran

JustPark has launched an in-car application that allows drivers to locate and pay for parking spaces from their dashboard. The app is activated by connecting a smartphone into a car’s ‘infotainment’ system, which enables it to be activated while the car is on the move via the dashboard controls. Drivers can browse a selection of 100,000 parking spaces offered by JustPark across the UK. Once a suitable parking space has been... continue

Operational
Third party websites 'preying' on Blue Badge holders

Third party websites 'preying' on Blue Badge holders
Patrick McDonnell

People are being warned not to pay high fees for disabled Blue Badges through unauthorised websites. Northgate Public Services, which runs the Blue Badge scheme for the Department for Transport since 2012, has discovered... continue

Redbridge issues warning notices to Blue Badge fraud suspects

Redbridge issues warning notices to Blue Badge fraud suspects
Patrick McDonnell

A new style warning notice is being attached to the cars of suspected Blue Badge abusers in Redbridge, east London. The window notification slips are placed in a plastic wallet and attached to the windscreen by civil... continue

More Bristol resident parking schemes approved

More Bristol resident parking schemes approved

Bristol Council has approved a further two resident parking schemes (RPS) in the Bower Ashton and St Pauls areas.  Work will begin on both schemes over the next few weeks with Bower Ashton due to go live on 29 September... continue

Councils write-off millions as they cannot collect PCNs issued to overseas vehicles

Councils write-off millions as they cannot collect PCNs issued to overseas vehicles
Patrick McDonnell

Millions of pounds worth of unpaid parking fines are being written off each year by councils unable to trace drivers of foreign vehicles, says the Local Government Association (LGA). A poll of a third of councils by the LGA... continue

Traffic Management

TfL clamps down on third party sites
Transport for London (TfL) is planning to refuse payments from unauthorised third party websites. There are a number of websites that advertise... continue

Business News
ICES launches management arm called Open Parking

ICES launches management arm called Open Parking

Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions (ICES), a provider of parking enforcement IT services and training, has launched a parking management company called Open Parking. The new company will work with hospitals, universities,... continue

CP Plus buys Target Parking

CP Plus buys Target Parking

CP Plus has bought Target Parking, a parking management company it helped entrepreneur Emma Sinclair launch in 2008. CP Plus owned a 50% share in the business, which offered facilities management services alongside... continue

Lenders agree to restructure APCOA Parking group debt
Mark Moran

APCOA Parking AG has reached an agreement with its lenders that will see the Europe-wide operator restructure about €640m (£511m) of its loans, reducing its debts by almost 70%. Private equity owner Eurazeo and... continue

Free Saturday MSCP parking boosts Northampton retail

Free Saturday MSCP parking boosts Northampton retail
Patrick McDonnell

The introduction of free Saturday parking at Northampton’s multi-storey car parks has been judged a success, with more shoppers visiting the town according to figures from Northampton Borough Council. In the three... continue

Enforcement News
Council welcomes Facebook page highlighting bad parking

Council welcomes Facebook page highlighting bad parking
Patrick McDonnell
A council has praised an anonymous parking campaigner who photographs badly parked vehicles and posts the pictures on his Facebook page. Answering to... continue

Portsmouth CEO dismissed for abusing visitor permits
Patrick McDonnell
A Portsmouth City Council civil enforcement officer (CEO) has been sacked after being caught using visitor permits to avoid getting a parking ticket.... continue

Islington idling patrols crack down on polluting vehicles
Islington Council is to target drivers who leave their engines idling as part of a bid to reduce pollution in the north London borough.  Since 1... continue

Parking Policy
Derelict garages and underused car parks could become homes

Derelict garages and underused car parks could become homes
Mark Moran

Underused surface car parks and rundown lock-up garages could be redeveloped as much needed housing, a report produced by the Conservative group in the Greater London Assembly (GLA) suggests. The group’s research... continue

AA backs action on enforcement of parking on private land

AA backs action on enforcement of parking on private land
Mark Moran

The Automobile Association (AA) has been a robust critic of the increased use of ANPR technology in privately owned car parks. The motoring body is critical of the way in which parking charge notices issued by private... continue

BPA says drivers should appeal to POPLA rather than the press
Mark Moran

Motorists should use formal appeals services rather than the press when they have received tickets for parking on private land, the British Parking Association (BPA) has stated. Kelvin Reynolds, BPA director of policy and... continue

Crime

CCTV system leads to sharp drop in crime
Patrick McDonnell
A car park in Mansfield has seen a dramatic fall in anti-social behaviour and crime since it installed a CCTV system. The car park on Barringer Road... continue

Welsh parking machines vandalised
Parking machines and signs throughout Mold town centre have been vandalised with spray paint. Parking payment meters in three car parks were targeted... continue

Welsh undertaker jailed for parking rage incident
An undertaker in Wales has been jailed for throwing flour over his neighbour’s car after a parking row. Julian Riley said that Peter... continue

Safer Parking
Park Mark for Northwick Park Hospital

Park Mark for Northwick Park Hospital
Northwick Park Hospital has been awarded a Park Mark safer parking award by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The hospital’s... continue

Luton Airport gets secure award

Luton Airport gets secure award
APCOA Parking (UK) has received a Park Mark award for four of its managed car park operations at London Luton Airport. A police accredited assessor... continue

Construction
Telford's Southwater scheme features 600-space MSCP

Telford's Southwater scheme features 600-space MSCP
A 600-space multi-storey car park has been built as part of the Southwater regeneration project in Telford, Shropshire. The £250m regeneration... continue

Developments
2,500 bays feature in Birmingham city centre scheme

2,500 bays feature in Birmingham city centre scheme

Birmingham City Council has approved plans for a £400m development in the city centre. The former 1960s Central studios site, off Broad Street and Centenary Square, is to be transformed into an eight-storey office... continue

Leeds Victoria Gate plan features 800-space car park

Leeds Victoria Gate plan features 800-space car park

An 800-space multi-storey features in plans for the £150m Victoria Gate development in Leeds. The project will replace the former Leeds police headquarters at Millgarth police station. The station, bought by Leeds City... continue

People News
Imperial strengthens business and support teams

Imperial strengthens business and support teams
Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions (ICES) has hired Gareth Alan-Williams as applications support team leader and Jenna Flower as business... continue

Hollows is Smart’s UK technology sales manager
Smart Parking has appointed Jules Hollows as technology sales manager for the UK. Hollows’ new role complements that of Jim Short, technology... continue

Marston hires new head of PR
Debt recovery company Marston Holdings has hired Pamela Mulcahy as head of public affairs. She joins the bailiff company from political consultancy... continue

New appointments at Serco
Liz Benison joins Serco as chief executive of its UK & Europe local and regional government division. She joins Serco from Computer Science Corp... continue

Irvin to head Living Streets
Living Streets, a charity which campaigns for better pedestrian environments, has named Joe Irvin as its new chief executive. He takes over from Tony... continue

Kilbride is new chief executive of Carplus
Alistair Kilbride has been appointed as the new executive director of Carplus, the non-governmental organisation promoting car clubs and shared... continue

Gunn joins Phoenix finance team

Gunn joins Phoenix finance team
Civil enforcement agent Phoenix has appointed Susan Gunn as group financial controller. She joins the Phoenix Group from Tata Steel UK’s... continue

Fawcett to manage APCOA's northern Network Rail contract

Fawcett to manage APCOA's northern Network Rail contract
APCOA Parking (UK) has appointed Paul Fawcett as area manager (north) for its management services’ contract with Network Rail. Fawcett joins... continue