Even more Rushcliffe Borough Council car parks have now received the prestigious Park Mark, a sign the facilities are an even safer place for Christmas shoppers this festive season.
The Church Drive car park in Keyworth, Gamston Community Centre car park, Cotgrave Hub, Multi Service Centre and Shopping Precinct car parks in Cotgrave and the Health Centre and Walkers Yard car parks in Radcliffe on Trent have now all reached The Safer Parking Scheme national standards.
The Safer Parking Scheme award recognises that these car parks now have measures in place that actively deter crime and the fear of crime.
Therefore, those visiting the car parks for Christmas shopping or to visit hospitality outlets in the coming days can park their vehicle with even more assurance as the Park Mark is clearly highlighted on signage at the various locations.
In April 2021, Bridgford Road, Gordon Road, Nursery and Rushcliffe Arena car parks in West Bridgford, Needham Street car park in Bingham, Bunny Lane car park in Keyworth and Rushcliffe Country car park also received the accreditation.
A Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities that pass a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the Police and the British Parking Association.
They include passing management and maintenance standards of the facility, ensuring that there are appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness. These criteria are known to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle.
The car parks are part of only a quarter nationally to have received the accreditation and Park Mark helps drivers tell the difference with its bright blue box and big white tick signage designed to stand out, giving drivers assurance they are choosing a safer place to park.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Safety Cllr Rob Inglis said: “We are delighted that a further seven of our car parks have been given the Park Mark award, highlighting the hard work from our teams to make them even safer, cleaner, greener and more accessible.
“As Christmas draws closer, a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle can only help our local economies too as our town and village centres benefit with increased and return footfall for shopping, working or visiting.”
Personal safety and location have been cited as joint priorities when choosing where to park. There are currently 5000 car parks with the Park Mark award throughout the UK which can be found on a designated website www.parkmark.co.uk