Prestigious safety award for Colchester car parks

PUBLISHED: 30 September 2021

All council-owned car parks across the borough have retained national awards for their safety and accessibility, for the thirteenth consecutive year.

Following an independent assessment, Colchester Borough Council’s car parks have been awarded the national Safer Parking Scheme’s Park Mark by the British Parking Association (BPA) – with Priory Street car park being awarded the prestigious ‘Park Mark Plus’ Award.

The Park Mark award recognises the investment in car parks to actively deter crime, ensuring the safety of their customers and vehicles.

Building on the BPA’s well-regarded Safer Parking scheme, Park Mark, the Park Mark Plus is awarded only to the highest-quality car parks. The award commends investment into services, operations, design, and build.

To qualify for the plus award, car parks must already have the BPA’s Park Mark Award and meet the Disability Parking Accreditation criteria.
Cllr Simon Crow, Colchester Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainability, said: “I’m delighted that Colchester has retained all 20 Park Mark awards, and the Park Mark Plus for Priory Street. The NEPP continues to do a fantastic job of maintaining all our car parks to a very high standard and it comes as no surprise that 20 other car parks in Colchester uphold the Park Mark award too.”

Cllr Sue Lissimore, Chair of North Essex Parking Partnership, added: “This is excellent for Colchester Borough Council and our staff, who work hard to ensure the car parks we manage are safe, attractive and accessible. NEPP continues to evolve by exploring new ways and technologies to improve our car parks. I’m proud to see NEPP’s management of car parks is recognised through this award and that 33 of the car parks NEPP manages for its partners across North Essex have Park Mark accreditations.”

Graham Chapman, Area Manager for the British Parking Association, said: “Retaining these awards is a credit to the hard work NEPP and Colchester Borough Council invest in the management of these car parks. I am pleased to see the 20 car parks provide quality management and a clean environment with low recorded crime and anti-social behaviour. It’s reassuring to know the value of ensuring safety of customers and their vehicles is still a priority.”

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Pictured, L to R: PC Lee Mullen; Cllr Simon Crow; Cllr Sue Lissimore; Graham Chapman, British Parking Association, and Angie Pearson, Essex Police

Page last reviewed: 30 September 2021


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