We reported back in September last year that ISPA, the independent scrutiny board for parking on private land, had ceased operating after the resignation of chair, Nicola Mullany. Prior to the resignation there was a public spat with the BPA with an public exchange of open letters arguing about how certain issues should be dealt with. There was no public statement from Mullany at the time of her resignation, so one can only speculate on her reasoning.
The press release was soon taken down and ISPA remained quiet until late January 2017 when Douglas Campbell was promoted to Chair. A few days later, Douglas Campbell emailed us with a press release confirming that ISPA really was ceasing to operate due to the BPA ceasing funding from the end of March 2017.
At the meeting of The Independent Scrutiny Board for Parking Appeals on Private Land (ISPA) on 26 January 2017 the Board was informed of the decision of the British Parking Association (BPA) to cease its funding from 1 April 2017. As a consequence the Board accepted there was no alternative but to cease all its operations at the end of March 2017
In the full statement, the BPA reasons that since the IPC don’t have to have independent oversight of appeals, they shouldn’t have to either. Unfortunately, without independent oversight, standards will inevitably drop, and the motorist will be the loser.
The race to the bottom continues…