The British Parking Association (BPA) welcomed its new President, Anjna Patel (5 July 2011), at the President's Reception held at the House of Commons. As part of her address to the guests Anjna Patel also launched the 2012-13 Master Plan for Parking.
The event was hosted by Anne McGuire, MP for Stirling, with a further address by Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department for Transport.
Patrick Troy, Chief Executive of the BPA adds: “I am delighted to welcome Anjna as the new President and look forward to working with her during her tenure. This year will see significant changes to parking on private land. With Anjna's experience she is perfectly placed to help the Association continue to raise standards further, and help reassure the public that we are all working towards making parking management and enforcement a fair and consistent service."
As part of her Presidential year, Anjna is keen to encourage individuals employed in parking to gain skills to advance their career within the sector: “The BPA’s skills agenda provides an important platform for individuals who wish to see the parking industry professionalized. I look forward to further involving myself in this area of work, alongside the other elements of the BPA’s five year strategy.”
Anjna, principal officer of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough’s Parking and Safer and Sustainable Travel Team, has been involved in local authority parking for over 25 years, and has served as a BPA council member for five years. Anjna has chosen Parasol, which she helped set up, as her charity for the year. Parasol, which is actively supported by the whole parking industry, provides support for injured British soldiers and their families.
The Master Plan for Parking, annually published at the President’s Reception, sets out the Association’s priorities for what government must do to achieve success in the parking arena. The issues covered include recognition of the role more effective parking management has in revitalising the UK’s town and city centres; proper regulation for the bailiff sector; and the need to put the customer at the heart of all BPA thinking.
The Master Plan – which has separate versions for the UK, Wales and Scotland - is distributed to MPs and stakeholders, with a further version for Northern Ireland due to be published later this year.
About The British Parking Association
The BPA is the largest professional association in Europe representing organisations in the parking and traffic management sector. These organisations are many and varied and include manufacturers, car park operators, local authorities, health authorities, universities and higher education facilities, airports, railway stations, shopping centres, theme parks and consultants.