Chichester expands Safer Parking Scheme into rural areas
Following the successful acquisition of Park Mark awards for the city centre’s car parks, Chichester District Council focused on bringing its rural car parks into the Safer Parking Scheme.
The council has 29 car parks with over 5,500 spaces catering for visitors, residents and businesses as well as car parks in the rural areas of the South Downs and the Sussex coast.
Car parks within Chichester city have been awarded Park Mark for a number of years, but the council decided to request assessments for all its rural car parks across the district. As a result of recent inspections, 26 out of the 29 car parks owned and managed by Chichester District Council are now Park Mark awarded.
Cllr Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services at Chichester District Council said: “We're really pleased that the majority of our rural car parks and all of our city car parks have been awarded by the police and the British Parking Association as part of the Safer Parking Scheme. Personal safety and location have been cited by motorists as joint priorities when choosing somewhere to park and so we hope that this will provide additional reassurance to all of our customers. Providing accessible, safe and easy to use car parks is our priority."
A Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities that pass a rigorous risk assessment, which include management and maintenance 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.
David Metcalf, British Parking Association Area Manager, said: “I am delighted that Chichester District Council is in the Safer Parking Scheme. They have 26 awarded sites across the Chichester district. These car parks are regularly assessed either every year or every 2 years by Neville Wren the police assessor for the Chichester area and me. It was a pleasure for us to assess these additional rural car parks and welcome the majority into the Park Mark scheme.”
Car parks with the Park Mark award can use signage featuring the distinctive Park Mark tick, so that drivers know exactly where to go for safer parking. Early adopters of the scheme saw a dramatic drop in vehicle-related crime of over 80% showing that the initiative really does make a difference.
There are currently 5,000 car parks with the Park Mark award throughout the UK which can be found on a designated website www.parkmark.co.uk
Could you spot a Park Mark car park? Have a go by taking this quiz www.britishparking.co.uk/parking-quiz
Chichester’s newly awarded rural car parks:
East Steet, Selsey
Grange Road, Midhurst
North Street, Midhurst
Post Office, Midhurst
Marine Drive, East Wittering
Northern Crescent, East Wittering
Pound Street, Petworth
Sylvia Beaufoy, Petworth
Photo: (left to right) Cllr Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, David Metcalf, BPA Area Manager and Tania Murphy, Parking Services Manager