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Debates: Issue 224 1 Nov 2010

Parking Management 2010 debates workplace parking levies

Chelsea FC, London, 17 November

The realities of launching a workplace parking levy, the best way to calcuate the right parking tariffs, and the pros and cons of outsourcing will all be discussed at the Parking Management Conference 2010 this month. The 6th annual conference, organised by Parking Review, will take place at Chelsea Football Club on Thursday 17 November.

The day commences with a tour of best parking practice in Europe conducted by London Councils’ corporate director services Nick Lester, speaking in his capacity as the current president of the European Parking Association.

Trevor Clark, a director of Colin Buchanan, will then talk about setting parking tariffs in a way that balances transport policy and revenue generation needs.

Nottingham City Council’s progress on launching the UK’s first workplace parking levy will be discussed by Tom Henderson, a senior associate of law firm Bircham Dyson?Bell, who has been closely involved in the project.

John Elliott of the Local Government Technical Advisers’ Group will outline how parking is an essential part of the urban economy. This sets the scene for two talks on making the most effective use of urban parking spaces. Harry Clarke, commercial director of Cobalt Telephone Technologies the company behind the RingGo phone parking system, will explain the growing use of 3G, sat-nav and other smart phone applications.

Neil Herron, best known for his work on parking appeals, will unveil ACTIV8, a real-time communications system which will bring active management to kerbspace.

The importance of reviewing management processes and training will be discussed by Penny Winder and Alistair Turk of Alpha Parking.

The need to provide customer-focussed parking and proactive enforcement will be explored by Ian Taylor, assistant head of technical and procurement services at Tendring Borough Council.

Adam Bidder, managing director of Q-Park, will talk about the business case for high quality design and and customer service in off-street parking.

The day ends with Gavin Reddin, chairman of Liberty Services, looking at how far local authority frontline and back office parking services can be outsourced.

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