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Issue 278 - 30 May 2015: News
£10m donation will build Aberdeen hospital car park

£10m donation will build Aberdeen hospital car park
Mark Moran

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary looks set to receive a new multi-storey car park following a donation of £10m by a businessman. The sum, pledged by The Wood Foundation is one of the largest single charitable donations ever made to the NHS in Scotland. The Wood Foundation, set up by Scottish businessman Sir Ian Wood and his family, was founded in 2007 to invest in economic, community and enterprise initiatives that develop and support individuals... continue

Chelsea Flower Show presents a greener driveway

Chelsea Flower Show presents a greener driveway
Deniz Huseyin

An amateur gardener has seen his idea for a front garden design that combines plantings with a parking space created at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Nurse Sean Murray was took top prize in BBC2’s The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. His idea ties in with a campaign by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to showcase ways to incorporate plants, flowers and grass alongside cars in front gardens.  RHS estimates that more than... continue

British Parking Association sets out plan for regulating private parking

British Parking Association sets out plan for regulating private parking
Mark Moran

The British Parking Association is stepping up its campaign to encourage the government to regulate off-street parking. The BPA is arguing the case for DVLA relinquishing its role as the body that accredits parking trade associations. The BPA seems to accept that there will be more than one trade body for the parking sector, but wants to see a single appeals service. The association runs an Approved Operator Scheme (AOS) for private parking... continue

Scottish councils generate £33.6m surplus, says report

Local authorities in Scotland made a £33.6m surplus from their parking activities, claims a study published by the RAC Foundation.  Data analysed for the RAC Foundation shows that between them, the 32 councils had a combined income from their parking activities – charges and penalty income from on-street and off-street parking – of £73.3m. The combined cost for councils of running their parking activities was... continue

Twitter lets you meet the 'humans of parking'

Twitter lets you meet the 'humans of parking'
Mark Moran

A social media channel that seeks to show parking people are ordinary human beings has received the support of one of the sector’s leading operators. The project’s aim is to counter the all too often negative portrayal of parking staff. The Human of Parking initiative has been launched on Twitter – @HumansOfParking.  The account’s content is being provided by attendants and civil enforcement officer... continue

Scottish Parliament to consider pavement parking ban for third time

Scottish Parliament to consider pavement parking ban for third time

A bill banning parking on pavements has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament. The Footway Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill would make it an offence to park on footways or drop kerbs and also outlaw double parking. SNP MSP Sandra White hopes her Bill will make life easier for people with mobility problems. The proposal has received the backing of local authorities, the fire service and charities such as Living Streets Scotland and... continue

Clark replaces Pickles at DCLG in reshuffle

Clark replaces Pickles at DCLG in reshuffle

The election of the first majority Conservative government since 1992 has seen significant changes in the shape of both the cabinet and key ministerial portfolio holders, with Greg Clark replacing Eric Pickles at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The disappearance of Pickles from the DCLG is likely to have an impact on the transport, planning and parking sectors – the former local government secretary had been a... continue

Operational
DMUK video makes case for joining Disabled Parking Award

DMUK video makes case for joining Disabled Parking Award
Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) has created a video that explains the benefits of its Disabled Parking Award (DPA) scheme. The video was shown by... continue

Sunday charges plan for Harrogate
Motorists will be charged to park in Harrogate during Sundays and evenings, under plans proposed by North Yorkshire County Council. The authority... continue

Dogging lay-by on A31 closed
A lay-by that became a haunt for people engaging in outdoor sex has been closed. Hampshire County Council has installed timber kerbs to stop people... continue

Business News
Wizz Air renews contract with ParkCloud

Wizz Air renews contract with ParkCloud
European airline Wizz Air has extended its contract with parking reservations specialist ParkCloud. ParkCloud has been the exclusive provider of... continue

Cashless is king in the UK, says Payments Council

Cashless is king in the UK, says Payments Council
Cashless transactions have overtaken the use of notes and coins for the first time, according to the Payments Council.  The use of cash fell to... continue

Proserve dispute with DVLA gets judicial review
Judicial Review listens to Proserve dispute with DVLA  An enforcement company has argued in court that it should be given access to vehicle... continue

ParkJockey helps Ghurkas’ pageant
Parking booking service ParkJockey is providing a complimentary shuttle bus service for people attending a fundraising event for the Gurkhas. The... continue

APCOA assists Irish guide dog event

APCOA assists Irish guide dog event
APCOA Parking Ireland provided the charity Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind with free parking during a fundraising weekend in Galway.  The Irish... continue

Enforcement News

Westminster CEOs help tackle dodgy minicabs
Over 330 minicab drivers were found not to complying with regulations during a multi-agency enforcement action led by Transport for London... continue

Crashed taxi PCN cancelled
A taxi driver who was issued a parking ticket despite his vehicle being involved in an accident has had the penalty cancelled. Mohammed Arif filmed... continue

Parking Policy

Barrister De Waal to represent Beavis in Supreme Court appeal
John de Waal, the barrister who drafted an opinion on parking on private land for the RAC Foundation, will represent motorist Barry Beavis at the... continue

Parking charges ‘most loathed’ fees
Parking charges are more unpopular than cashpoints that charge, card payment surcharges and paid-for public lavatories, a poll by insurer Direct Line... continue

London car club plan seeks to recruit a million members

London car club plan seeks to recruit a million members
Transport for London has announced plans to encourage one million people to sign up for car clubs across the capital by 2025. The strategy aims to... continue

Carplus survey reveals 185,000 people use car clubs
Around 185,000 people across the UK currently use car club vehicles, according to the latest Carplus survey. The national body for car clubs... continue

Cameron says councils shouldn’t 'bully' drivers

Cameron says councils shouldn’t 'bully' drivers
During the General Election campaign, Prime Minister David Cameron said local authorities should introduce free parking in market towns and be less... continue

Crime
NSL's operations centre watches over London

NSL's operations centre watches over London
NSL has created a central Radio Operations Centre, known as the ROC, to manage radio communications with 1,100 civil enforcement officers (CEOs)... continue

CEO attacker jailed for one year
A man who assaulted a civil enforcement officer (CEO) in March has been jailed for a year after a hearing at Exeter Crown Court. Joseph Smart... continue

Cash-strapped councils switch off CCTV, says Porter

Cash-strapped councils switch off CCTV, says Porter
Local authorities are switching off CCTV cameras in a bid to cut costs, Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter has said. Porter said the... continue

Construction
Lift makes Oxford Street car park accessible to disabled users

Lift makes Oxford Street car park accessible to disabled users
Q-Park has received an award in recognition of its work to make a major London car park accessible to wheel chair users for the first time in its... continue

Q-Park First Street serves Manchester’s new HOME

Q-Park First Street serves Manchester’s new HOME
Q-Park’s newest multi-storey car park is a core element of the £80m First Street business and cultural hub development in central... continue

Tattersall is Stirling Lloyd's new marketing director

Tattersall is Stirling Lloyd's new marketing director
Stirling Lloyd, manufacturer of the Decseal waterproofing system for car parks, has appointed Anne Tattersall as its marketing director. She will be... continue

Developments
Intu reveals plan for Nottingham’s Broadmarsh

Intu reveals plan for Nottingham’s Broadmarsh
Shopping centre operator Intu has submitted a detailed planning application for the transformation of the Broadmarsh shopping centre to Nottingham... continue

Overflow parking for St Albans pool
An overflow car park serving a swimming pool and the historic Verulamium area of St Albans in Hertfordshire is being resurfaced. The upgraded car... continue

Green belt hotel to have 270 cars
Plans for a hotel in the Chiswell Green area of St Albans feature parking for 270 cars.  Developer Pegasus 51 has revised the design of the... continue

Park & Ride

Staff P&R could solve hospital parking problems
A staff park & ride service alleviate traffic problems at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but would entail building on what is Green Belt.... continue

People News

BPA names Pester as first chief operating officer
The British Parking Association has appointed Andrew Pester as its first chief operating officer. Pester was chosen by a panel comprising patrick... continue

Videalert and Imtech gear up for charity ride

Videalert and Imtech gear up for charity ride
A team of cyclists representing enforcement technology providers Videalert and Imtech Traffic & Infra set out from Trafalgar Square in London on... continue