On Tuesday 28th June we sponsored the combined Healthcare and Higher Education Special Interest Group meeting, a British Parking Association event, at the Royal Horticultural Halls Conference centre in the heart of Westminster. On the walk from the tube station, we saw lots of Westminster’s very smart looking Civil Enforcement Officers, who we’ve recently kitted out in a smart new civil enforcement officer uniform.
The group had two new chairs, Ian Goodman of Manchester Metropolitan University and Laura Kelly of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn, who did a fantastic job. The meeting had the highest attendance we’ve seen at a BPA meeting so far, and we really enjoyed meeting lots of new faces from the university and healthcare sectors. The event gave us a great opportunity to show off our civil enforcement officer uniforms to both existing and potential clients.
Helen Dolphin of Disabled Motoring UK gave a superb talk on providing parking for disabled motorists, and there were a number of other really interesting talks, including Terry Vass from Brunel University on how they’ve drastically reduced their crime rate with the help of the Safer Parking Scheme, as well as Mark Biggs of the Metropolitan Police. We particularly liked Mark’s comment that hospitals and universities are like towns, with very similar parking problems.
Half way through the day it was looking like the attendees could have used one of our new Patrol Macs because the heavens truly opened – but thankfully it had dried up when home-time came around!
We did our famous business card draw, and the winner of a huge bottle of champagne – a jeroboam, no less – was Emma Marshall of Precision Parking. Congratulations Emma!!