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Issue 273 - 10 December 2014: News
English councils made £667m profit from parking, claims RAC Foundation report

English councils made £667m profit from parking, claims RAC Foundation report
Deniz Huseyin

English councils generated a “profit” of £667m from on and off-street parking operations in 2013-14, according to a new report from the RAC Foundation. This is 12% higher than the £594m raised in 2012-13, says the report’s author David Leiblin... continue

Met ends roadside checks involving bailiffs

Met ends roadside checks involving bailiffs
Deniz Huseyin

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has announced it will no longer carry out roadside checks involving bailiff firms after a review took into account issues relating to “the legal position” and “trust and confidence in the police”. The checks had been suspended since May when campaign group NoToMob raised concerns about the operations. It emerged that the MPS had not been following its own standard operating procedure,... continue

NCP retains London Underground contract

NCP retains London Underground contract
Mark Moran

Transport for London (TfL) has retained NCP to manage its 61 London Underground station car parks. The contract includes car park development, technology, operational management, facilities management and maintenance. NCP has managed London Underground’s car parks since 2002. The company says that occupancy has grown by 18% over the last five years and two new car parks have been added to the portfolio, at Morden and Chesham. Derek Hulyer,... continue

DVLA makes £22m selling vehicle keeper records to private firms
Deniz Huseyin

The DVLA has raised almost £22m over the last four and a half years selling driver information to parking enforcement firms. The figures, released by the agency in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, showed that the amount had gone up each year from £2.9m in 2010-11 to £6m in 2013-14. For the six-month period from April to October this year the DVLA received £4.2m. The DVLA sells the data for £2.50... continue

Over 100 entries compete for British Parking Awards glory

Over 100 entries compete for British Parking Awards glory

Innovative thinking and a commitment to best practice are very much in evidence in the 100-plus entries we have received for this year’s British Parking Awards. The challenge facing the jury over the next two months will be whittling down this impressive list of entries into a short list which will be debated at length. The winners, to be revealed by Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan in London on 6 March, will repr... continue

Operational
NSL employee rescues crashed driver

NSL employee rescues crashed driver
An NSL employee working on behalf DVLA rescued a driver who crashed their car in South Wales last month. Dale Wood was on patrol on Tredegar Road in... continue

TfL freezes Tube parking charges
Patrick McDonnell
London Underground (LU) has frozen its parking charges for the second year running for customers using cashless payment methods such as phone, text,... continue

Birmingham Councillors free parking relocated
Patrick McDonnell
A Birmingham City Council owned multi-storey car park and used for free by councillors, MPs, MEPs and some senior council closed on 4 January... continue

Blue Badge scheme to be reviewed in Wales
Patrick McDonnell
The Blue Badge disabled parking scheme in Wales is to be reviewed after the number of applications rejected rose sharply following the introduction... continue

It's game on in a Birmingham car park
When is a car park not a car park? Simple: when it is being used for a new film about a reality game called The Call Up. During December, a floor of... continue

TfL publishes guidance on flexible road deliveries
Guidance paving the way for increasing the flexibility of delivery times has been published as part of the Mayor of London’s and Transport... continue

Edinburgh councillors and staff free parking could be axed
Patrick McDonnell
Councillors and staff at Edinburgh City Council face losing free parking as part of £22m cuts in its budget during the next financial year. The... continue

P&R relieves hospital parking problems at Welsh hospital
Patrick McDonnell
Overcrowding at a Camarthen hospital car park is to be addressed by extending the local park & ride service. Buses will link the Nantyci P&R... continue

Holyhead de-pedestrianises High Street to help trade
Patrick McDonnell
A pedestrianised street in Holyhead, Anglesey, is to be reopened to traffic after complaints from retailers that it was impacting on their trade.... continue

Scottish hospital trust wants to increase parking capacity
NHS Ayrshire and Arran Foundation Trust looking at ways to increase capacity and control of its car parks, options include introduction of parking... continue

Worcester freezes parking charges
Patrick McDonnell
Proposals to increase council tax and car parking charges in Worcester have been rejected Conservative controlled council. The motion was made in... continue

Brighton & Hove trials mobile phone payment option
Patrick McDonnell
Brighton & Hove Council is trialling a mobile phone payment option that could see the eventual removal of pay & display machines from the... continue

TfL to use parking sensors at Tube stations

TfL to use parking sensors at Tube stations
A sensor-based parking management system is to be installed at 27 car parks across the London Underground network. Transport for London (TfL) has... continue

More parking needed at Stonehenge, says English Heritage
Patrick McDonnell
Record visitor numbers to Stonehenge has prompted a request for more parking spaces at the world heritage centre. More than 1.3 million people have... continue

Business News
Free Saturday parking for St Helens shoppers

Free Saturday parking for St Helens shoppers
APCOA Parking (UK) staff fronted a council initiative to increase the number of visits to St Helens town centre. Throughout December, APCOA’s... continue

BPA terminates GB Parking Solutions’ membership
The British Parking Association (BPA) has terminated GB Parking Solutions' membership after the Birmingham-based company amassed 12 sanction points... continue

CMA approves Marston acquisition of Collectica
The purchase of debt recovery company Collectica by the Marston Group has been given the green light by the Competition and Mergers Authority (CMA).... continue

Town Centre Car Parks rebrands as CitiPark
Town Centre Car Parks (TCCP) has been rebranded as CitiPark, marking the company’s intention to expand its portfolio nationwide. TCCP’s... continue

APCOA Parking Group refinancing finalised
APCOA Parking Group has completed its financial restructuring on a consensual basis with key lenders. The group’s balance sheet has now been... continue

JustPark signs Alphabet deal
Business mobility company Alphabet has teamed up with online parking provider JustPark. Employees of Alphabet’s clients get a discount on... continue

3M closes parking payment systems division
US manufacturing group 3M has closed its Global Parking Access and Revenue Control division, stating the business did not meet its expectations. The... continue

Circontrol to focus on electric vehicle charging
Spanish technology firm Circontrol has sold off its Fire Detection Division to focus on electric vehicle recharging and car parking systems. The Fire... continue

Enforcement News

Traffic Penalty Tribunal hears Dartford crossing appeals
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT), the body that deals with appeals against parking and bus lane penalties in England and Wales outside London, is... continue

Portsmouth seizes Blue Badge abusers’ cars in major swoop
Deniz Huseyin
Portsmouth City Council seized four cars and confiscated eight Blue Badges during a two-day operation to target fine evaders and disabled badge... continue

Firefighters in East Sussex raise awareness on fire hydrants
Patrick McDonnell
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) is raising awareness about about the dangers of blocking access to fire hydrants. The service said that... continue

Fire appliances blocked by badly parked cars
Patrick McDonnell
Firefighters in Sheffield have been prevented from bringing their fire engines to a house fire because of badly parked cars. For example crews from... continue

Guernsey to charge for long stay parking and CO2 emissions
Proposals to charge Guernsey motorists for parking based on the width and CO2 emissions of vehicles have been released by the Environment... continue

IPC to set up independent appeals service in Scotland
Deniz Huseyin
A new appeals service will allow drivers in Scotland to challenge private land parking charge notices. From April solicitors and barristers in... continue

Parking Policy

NSL to support Alzheimer’s Society

NSL has chosen the Alzheimer’s Society as its official charity for 2015. The charity won out over a list of charities that the company’s 5,250 staff were asked to vote on. The Alzheimer’s Society is proving... continue

Crime

West Sussex Trading Standards warns against rogue 'meet & greet' companies
Patrick McDonnell
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Construction
New Bailey car park opens for business in Salford

New Bailey car park opens for business in Salford
Patrick McDonnell

English Cities Fund (ECf) and National Car Parks (NCP) have launched a £12m multi-storey car park for the New Bailey scheme in Salford, Greater Manchester. The 620-space car park, which opened on 9 December, was funded... continue

Developments
Guildford rail station parking plans revealed

Guildford rail station parking plans revealed
A 440-space multi-storey car park forms part of a £150m scheme plan to regenerate Guildford’s railway station. The plans have been... continue

Asda accused of breaching planning by offering free parking in Chorley
Deniz Huseyin
Chorley Council has accused the retailer Asda of breaching a planning agreement by allowing customers to park free of charge at a town centre store.... continue

Park & Ride

Reading commuters to get two new P&Rs
Two new park & ride sites will be built for commuters travelling between Reading and Wokingham. The new facilities – at Mereoak, just south... continue

People News
Findlay heads up Redbridge parking

Findlay heads up Redbridge parking
Cameron Findlay has moved from West Suffolk Parking Services to become parking manager at the London Borough of Redbridge. At West Suffolk he was... continue

Total Car Parks expands back office team

Total Car Parks expands back office team
Total Car Parks has been expanding its administration team. In November Theresa Magson joined as new business administrator and Laura Garner as... continue

Hammersmith & Fulham’s Ahmed to join TfL team

Hammersmith & Fulham’s Ahmed to join TfL team
Deniz Huseyin
Hammersmith & Fulham’s parking projects and policy manager Naveed Ahmed is to join the strategy planning division at Transport for London... continue

Bevan leaves PayPoint to work with Barbour Logic

Bevan leaves PayPoint to work with Barbour Logic
Mark Moran
Robin Bevan has left phone parking provider PayPoint Mobile and Online to take up a role with parking IT specialist Barbour Logic. Bevan will become... continue

Awards
Stratford International wins Disabled Parking Award

Stratford International wins Disabled Parking Award
Patrick McDonnell
Stratford International Station’s multi-storey car park has received the Disabled Parking Award (DPA) following an assessment by the charity... continue