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Issue 271 - 24 October 2014: News
British Parking Awards 2015 are open for entries

British Parking Awards 2015 are open for entries
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

Hounslow pays Cobalt six-figure sum for breach of contract

Hounslow pays Cobalt six-figure sum for breach of contract
Mark Moran

Agreement was reached last month in a contractual dispute between the London Borough of Hounslow and Cobalt Telephone Technologies. Hounslow has agreed to pay damages to Cobalt and also pay the firm’s costs as well as its own. Cobalt confirmed the total paid is six figure sum, but the exact amount remains undisclosed.   The dispute centred around a breach of the contract to provide a self-service channel for the payment of penalty... continue

DfT letter warns councils not to use contract law in off-street car parks

DfT letter warns councils not to use contract law in off-street car parks
Mark Moran

Local authorities in England have been warned by the Department for Transport that they must not attempt to enforce off-street parking using contract law rather than under the Traffic Management Act 2004. The warning was made on 16 September in a letter sent by transport minister Robert Goodwill to all parking managers operating civil parking enforcement. The letter is a reaction to moves by some local authorities, to use ANPR technology to... continue

NCP opens up business model with online booking partnership

NCP opens up business model with online booking partnership
Mark Moran

NCP has signed partnerships with a trio of the UK’s largest online and mobile parking consolidators, opening up its off-street booking services to third-party providers and parking retailers for the first time. Deals have been struck with JustPark, ParkJockey and YourParkingSpace, enabling these parking booking services to offer their users spaces at over 100 NCP sites. NCP believes that there will be commercial benefits from offering its... continue

Operational

Free parking offer set to cost Bedford council £250k
Patrick McDonnell

Bedford Borough Council has estimated that a free parking offer is the main reason for a revenue shortfall of £250,000 by the end of this financial year. In November 2014 the council introduced two hours’ free... continue

Apology for one-armed woman told she wasn’t eligible for Blue Badge
Patrick McDonnell

A driver with one arm whose request for a Blue Badge was turned down has received an apology from Danny Kennedy, Northern Ireland’s minister for regional development. Lisa Schofield, from County Down, who was born with... continue

London Councils defends handling of POPLA contract
Deniz Huseyin

London Councils has defended itself after auditors raised concerns over the handling of its contract to operate an appeals service for parking on private land, which it was awarded by the British Parking Association... continue

Business News
Total Car Parks pilots Barclays Pingit

Total Car Parks pilots Barclays Pingit
Barclays Bank has expanded its Pingit mobile payments service into the parking sector, launching the system in partnership with off-street operator... continue

Parkeon partners with Yellowbrick on phone parking
A new cashless parking operator has emerged with the pooling of phone parking operations belonging to parking payment Parkeon and Waysis. Parkeon has... continue

Italian access control firm Came buys Spain’s Parkare
The Italian access control specialist Came Group has acquired the Spanish-based parking equipment manufacturer Parkare.  Parkare is a producer... continue

Airport parking specialists merge as ADVAM buys Inventive IT

Airport parking specialists merge as ADVAM buys Inventive IT
Payment solution provider ADVAM (UK)’s has acquired rival  airport parking reservations company Inventive IT. The merged operations will... continue

Bailiff firm Roxburghe goes into administration, but PayMyPCN service sold to SolutionLabs
Mark Moran
Debt collection agency Roxburghe (UK), which was active in the parking sector, has entered administration. The company also provided the PayMyPCN... continue

Marston buys rival bailiff Collectica from Serco

Marston buys rival bailiff Collectica from Serco
Debt recovery specialist Marston Holdings has bought rival bailiff Collectica from its owners Serco. Previously known as Philips Collection Services,... continue

Enforcement News
Local authorities need stronger fly-tipping powers, says LGA

Local authorities need stronger fly-tipping powers, says LGA
Councils are calling for updated powers to tackle fly-tippers. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents almost 400 councils in... continue

Solihull school takes pics of bad parking
A primary school in Solihull, West Midlands, is tackling irresponsible parking by parents by photographing the offending vehicles and giving the... continue

Independent Parking Committee reports 30% rise in members
Deniz Huseyin
The Independent Parking Committee (IPC) has reported that its membership has risen by more than 30% since it gained DVLA approval in July. The DVLA... continue

CAB Scotland calls for curbs on private land operators

CAB Scotland calls for curbs on private land operators
Deniz Huseyin
Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) is calling on the parking industry and Scottish government to tackle bad practice by private land operators.  In... continue

Private parking operators make 2.45m vehicle keeper requests
Mark Moran
DVLA received over 2.45 million requests for vehicle keeper details from private parking companies in 2013-14. This compares to almost 1.9 million... continue

Gloucestershire puts officers back in charge of PCN appeals
Deniz Huseyin
Gloucestershire County Council has accepted a ruling by the parking adjudicator that it was wrong to give its contractor the authority to deal with... continue

Parking Policy

Transport campaign worried over move to maximum standards
The Campaign for Better Transport is opposing government proposals to restrict local authorities’ abilities to set maximum parking... continue

Crime

Gang carries out violent raid at airport parking site
Deniz Huseyin
Staff at airport parking firm Flight Shuttle Services suffered head injuries during a violent robbery in the early hours of this morning, 10 October.... continue

Man jailed for three years by Cardiff court over parking row
A charity worker has been jailed for three years for breaking a man’s arm with a scaffolding pole in an argument about parking (PR... continue

Man arrested over parking assault
A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm to a 62-year-old man after a dispute over parking.  The assault by the... continue

Safer Parking
Safer Parking Scheme celebrates 10th anniversary

Safer Parking Scheme celebrates 10th anniversary

The Safer Parking Scheme celebrated its tenth birthday by presenting awards during the British Parking Association’s Parkingtopia event in London last month. The new VINCI Park UK multi-storey at Addenbrooke’s... continue

Construction
Leeds’ police HQ is an arresting site

Leeds’ police HQ is an arresting site
A car park has been built as a part of West Yorkshire Police’s new £34m divisional headquarters in Leeds. With almost 400 spaces, the... continue

St John’s Wood residential garages given a new look

St John’s Wood residential garages given a new look
A parking deck serving a private residential development in St John’s Wood, north-west London has been re-waterproofed. Cavendish House is... continue

Giving Guildford’s Farnham Road MSCP a makeover

Giving Guildford’s Farnham Road MSCP a makeover
Guildford Borough Council has undertaken a major overhaul of its Farnham Road car park, a multi-storey located adjacent to both the railway station... continue

Chemical solution for pharmaceutical car park

Chemical solution for pharmaceutical car park
A multi-storey car park has been built for pharmaceutical company Lonza in Slough. German contractor Huber Car Park Systems built the staff car... continue

Birkenhead's Pyramids have been waterproofed

Birkenhead's Pyramids have been waterproofed
Car park ramps decks and ramps have been repaired as part of a £1m project to combat concrete deterioration at the Pyramids shopping centre in... continue

From newsroom to car park

From newsroom to car park
The city centre site of the former Birmingham Post & Mail newspaper offices, demolished in 2005, is being converted into a £20m underground... continue

A natural look for parking lots

A natural look for parking lots
A new surfacing system from Bituchem has been designed to combine the durability of asphalt with a natural looking finish.  Natratex is a clear... continue

Robot parking for London apartment scheme
The City of Westminster Magistrates Court, also known as Horseferry Road Magistrates Court, has been redeveloped into luxury homes by Barratt... continue

Bituchem launches highway surface sealing system

Bituchem launches highway surface sealing system
LockChip is a spray-applied application designed to allow roads to be reopened to traffic in as little as an hour. Produced by the Bitchumen Group,... continue

Park & Ride
VCS to control inconsiderate parking at Centro P&R sites

VCS to control inconsiderate parking at Centro P&R sites
Commuters who park inconsiderately at Midland Metro park & ride sites are now being issued with £100 parking charge notices. Warning signs... continue

People News
Farrell joins APCOA Parking

Farrell joins APCOA Parking
APCOA Parking (UK) has appointed Shane Farrell to be contract manager for its combined parking and security operation at New Cross Hospital,... continue

Phoenix hires debt recovery expert Cornes
Dave Cornes has joined debt recovery company Phoenix Commercial Collections as client support manager. At Phoenix his primary focus will be to work... continue

Coventry’s Evans moves to Equita

Coventry’s Evans moves to Equita
Debt recovery company Equita has appointed Janice Evans as an associate director. Evans has 40 years experience of working in the revenues and... continue

Southwark team backs cancer appeal

Southwark team backs cancer appeal
APCOA Parking (UK)’s enforcement services contract in Southwark has raised over £250 for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity... continue

NSL raises £1,300 for Macmillan

NSL raises £1,300 for Macmillan
Staff at NSL have raised over £1,300 for cancer charity Macmillan by holding a series of coffee mornings and taking part in fun runs. Civil... continue

Cornes to support Phoenix clients
Dave Cornes has joined debt recovery company Phoenix Commercial Collections as client support manager. At Phoenix his primary focus will be to work... continue

Marston makes Rhazouani a director

Marston makes Rhazouani a director
Debt recovery company Marston Holdings has promoted Fatima Rhazouani to the role of group client services director for central government and the... continue

Chequer joines JMP's Bristol office

Chequer joines JMP's Bristol office
Transport planning and engineering consultant JMP has appointed James Chequer as an associate in its Bristol office. Chequer, who joins JMP from... continue

Awards
VINCI presents Smart Thinking awards

VINCI presents Smart Thinking awards
The parking team at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, has been crowned VINCI Park UK’s Parking Team of the Year. This was one of 12 prizes handed... continue

Frank’s Café and Bar is a cool place, official

Frank’s Café and Bar is a cool place, official
The rooftop of a car park in Peckham has been rated one of the coolest places to drink by the Observer Food Monthly Magazine Awards. Frank’s... continue