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Issue 270 - 25 September 2014: News
Government publishes parking petition guidelines

Government publishes parking petition guidelines
Mark Moran

The government is proposing to give local residents or local firms the right to raise-up a petition that will require a council review of the use of yellow lines and unfair parking charges. Local government secretary Eric Pickles announced the new guidelines on Saturday 30 August. He said the continue

British Parking Awards 2015 launched

British Parking Awards 2015 launched
Mark Moran

Inspirational and inventive people working in parking will be recognised in the British Parking Awards 2015, which are launched this month. The annual competition, which has been run by Parking Review magazine since 2002, sees a set of new categories covering parking in the community and sustainability added to classic ones for car park structures, teams and customer service. To enter the British Parking Awards click herecontinue

Welcome to our parking world

Welcome to our parking world
Mark Moran

Ways in which parking is becoming smarter and better connected will be key themes at Parking World, with self-driving cars and the shared economy among the topics to be discussed. This is the tenth annual autumn event run by Parking Review, whose editor Mark Moran has programmed the conference. The event offers plenty of scope to network over coffee and lunch in the exhibition. The day will conclude with a drinks reception to mark the 25th... continue

Driver owes parking firm £15k in unpaid notices
Patrick McDonnell

A driver in Lincolnshire has amassed private parking charge notices costing £15,400 over the space of a year. David Lee’s debt is one of the highest ever recorded in the UK for parking on private land, according to UK Car Parking Solutions (UKCPS).  The Leeds-based firm issued 154 notices against Lee’s Ford Mondeo at locations including retail parks, health centres, gymnasiums and retail outlets. Many were issued for... continue

End of paper tax discs will push up evasion, warns RAC

End of paper tax discs will push up evasion, warns RAC
Patrick McDonnell

The RAC has criticised the government’s decision to scrap paper tax discs. The paper tax discs will be replaced by an electronic system using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) on 1 October. The RAC claims this could lead to extra tax evasion on a par with car insurance avoidance. RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: “If a similar number of drivers avoided paying car tax as are uninsured, we could be looking at around... continue

Operational

Ealing patrol staff call off strike after accepting pay deal
Deniz Huseyin
The strike by Ealing civil enforcement officers (CEOs) due to take place tomorrow has been called off. A settlement has been reached by trade union... continue

Survey reveals workplace parking woes

Survey reveals workplace parking woes
Mark Moran
Two-thirds of British workers believe the parking at their workplaces is too costly and insufficient, according to a survey conducted for a car... continue

On-street charges proposed for 11 towns in Cumbria
Cumbria County Council is consulting with local residents on introducing on-street parking charges at 11 of its busiest town centres. The county says... continue

Calderdale scraps Halifax evening charges
Calderdale Council has fulfilled its pledge to remove evening parking charges in Halifax and pay & display charges at 10 car... continue

Business group says free parking not ‘silver bullet’
Patrick McDonnell
A proposed one-hour free parking offer will not be the “silver bullet” fix for retail traders in Wiltshire, says Wessex Chambers of... continue

Portas town told to remove ‘free parking’ signs

Portas town told to remove ‘free parking’ signs
A ‘Portas Pilot’ town has removed road signs promoting its free parking scheme because they do not meet legal requirements. Market Rasen... continue

Redbridge offers 30 minutes free parking
Motorists in Redbridge can now park for free for 30 minutes at on-street pay & display bays. To use the concession motorists still need to obtain... continue

Cambridgeshire brings in Sunday charges
Cambridgeshire County Council has begun charging for on-street parking on Sundays in a bid to help regulate the turnover of spaces for visitors and... continue

Call for simplified parking regulations in Lake District

Call for simplified parking regulations in Lake District
Tourism officials in Cumbria are calling for simpler car parking regulations for the Lake District National Park. Local councils and other... continue

Business News
Premier League Away Days app offers JustPark service

Premier League Away Days app offers JustPark service
Mark Moran

Football supporters travelling to away games can now book parking via the JustPark service by using an app developed by the Premier League. The Away Days app is a tool that gives travelling fans information on the... continue

Enforcement News
Police seek man who reversed car off tow truck

Police seek man who reversed car off tow truck
Deniz Huseyin

A driver who reversed his car off a tow truck and drove away is being sought by the police. The London Borough of Waltham Forest released video footage of the incident, which happened in Walthamstow at 8am on 29 August. To... continue

Parking Policy
Pavement parking ban Bill delayed until New Year

Pavement parking ban Bill delayed until New Year
Mark Moran

A Private Members Bill that seeks to make pavement parking illegal throughout England and Wales has been delayed in the House of Commons. Pavement parking is prohibited in London, but rules vary outside the capital, where... continue

Scottish Government set to tackle obstructive parking

Scottish Government set to tackle obstructive parking
Mark Moran

The UK government has agreed to help unlock legislation in Scotland which would enable local authorities to tackle obstructive parking. Whitehall’s commitment came in a letter from Scotland Office Minister David... continue

Crime

London cab driver guilty of assault on CEO
A minicab driver has been found guilty of assaulting a civil enforcement officer (CEO) in Willesden Green, north-west London.  Harrow Crown... continue

Parking row ends in pole attack
A man who assaulted his neighbour with a scaffold pole in a parking argument is facing a custodial sentence, Cardiff Crown Court has heard. Daniel... continue

Car crime overlooked by some police forces, says HMIC
Patrick McDonnell
Some police forces are no longer seriously investigating vehicle crimes, a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has... continue

Construction
Bristol Parkway unveils new multi-storey car park

Bristol Parkway unveils new multi-storey car park
A new multi-storey car park at Bristol Parkway was opened by transport minister Baroness Kramer last month. The £13m structure has added 710... continue

Work starts on Stafford’s Riverside scheme
Construction has begun on the next phase of the £70m Riverside shopping centre in Stafford town centre, West Midlands. Work has started on the... continue

Troubled Castlepoint car park finally gets rebuild plan

Troubled Castlepoint car park finally gets rebuild plan
Patrick McDonnell
An agreement has finally been reached on proposals to rebuild part of the troubled Castlepoint shopping centre in Bournemouth, including its car... continue

Developments
Wave hello to new look Cardiff station

Wave hello to new look Cardiff station
A new car park forms part of proposals for the biggest transformation of Cardiff rail station since it was built in the middle of the 19th... continue

Carlisle Airport parking to be expanded
New car and goods vehicle parking areas feature in proposals to upgrade Carlisle Airport. Carlisle City Council has approved plans for a revamped... continue

1,000 parking spaces in Chester retail plan
The Northgate retail and leisure scheme in Chester will feature parking for around 1,000 cars. Rivington Land and ACME have been appointed to lead... continue

Kent approves three new lorry parks
Patrick McDonnell
Patrick McDonnell Kent County Council has approved proposals for the first of a possible three new lorry parks in the county. The 300-space lorry... continue

Park & Ride

Stagecoach says Cambridge P&R drop due to payment machines
The number of passengers using Cambridge park & ride sites has dropped by up to 15% since the introduction of a £1 parking charge, reveals... continue

People News
De Bruin confirmed as APCOA’s new UK MD

De Bruin confirmed as APCOA’s new UK MD
APCOA Parking Group has appointed group director Henk de Bruin as the new managing director for its UK business.  DeBruin has been... continue

Q-Park donates £2k to Brake

Q-Park donates £2k to Brake
Parking company Q-Park has donated £2,000 to road safety charity Brake. Q-Park supported Brake’s annual Road Safety Week in 2013 through... continue

Former TfL man Mason joins bailiff JBW

Former TfL man Mason joins bailiff JBW
John Mason, former director of congestion charging and traffic enforcement for Transport for London (TfL) has joined JBW Group as chief strategy... continue

Stephen joins bailiff Bristow & Sutor

Stephen joins bailiff Bristow & Sutor
Enforcement agency Bristow & Sutor has appointed Layla Stephen to its client development team. She joins Bristow & Sutor from Ross &... continue

VINCI Park supervisors and managers improve their skills

VINCI Park supervisors and managers improve their skills
VINCI Park UK employees have been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) following a 12-month training programme in management... continue