The 290 space car park at Long Buckby railway station, operated by Indigo Park Solutions, has been awarded the prestigious Park Mark award. A Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities that pass a rigorous risk assessment carried out by the police and the British Parking Association.
The car park is unique in that it was been developed by local farming family Jackson & Co who identified the need for parking from the shortage of provision at Long Buckby Station. The family obtained planning permission for a car park to meet demand and not only created the much needed space, but reduced the number of vehicles parked on the approach road. The result is a much safer area all round for pedestrians and cars.
Northamptonshire Police Crime Prevention Design Advisor Sharon Henley said: “The car park at Long Buckby train station is the first in the Daventry area to fulfil the standards required by the scheme. The owners and management company have worked hard to ensure the car park meets the high security standards required and I am delighted the facility has been awarded Park Mark status.”
Car parks undergo a rigorous police risk assessment and have good management practices in place to be awarded. The assessments 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.
Peter Gravells, British Parking Association Area Manager, said: “I am delighted that Long Buckby Car Park has now been awarded the Park Mark. This site will now be visited every two years with Sharon Henley the police assessor.”
The Jackson family said: “We are really pleased to see the benefits that the new railway station car park is bringing to the village of Long Buckby, as well as the surrounding area. The station is very important to the local people, especially as it is the only one in the Daventry District.
“Back in the 1970s, there was a threat that the station might be closed. Fortunately today the station is well-utilised and it is a vital transport link for the area. Safety on the roads around the station has improved now that cars are no longer parking on the surrounding verges.
“The area near the station has previously been a black-spot for rural crime. The new car park with night-time lighting and CCTV provides a safe place to park and we are pleased to work with the local authorities, the police and Indigo Parking to provide what we hope is a quality car park.”
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.
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
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Photo: (left to right) Peter Gravells, British Parking Association Area Manager, Philip Jackson (Farmer/Owner), Richard Jackson (Farmer/Owner) and Sgt Sam Dobbs, Daventry District Sergeant Northamptonshire Police