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Mid Sussex District Council awarded for safety and accessibility standards

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Posted in Latest Award by PM on 9:59 23rd April, 2018

Seventeen of the Mid Sussex District Council car parks have retained their Park Mark Awards in a recent assessment.

A Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities that pass a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association.  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.

After the latest assessment the Park Mark has been awarded to Mid Sussex car parks in towns and villages for three years instead of the usual two after demonstrating a high standard of provision.

For the first time, fifteen of those seventeen car parks have also been awarded the Disabled Parking Accreditation. Car parks are awarded this accreditation after an assessment has demonstrated it meets a strict criteria for the provision of spaces, accessibility and clear enforcement of disabled bays.

Cllr Gary Marsh, Portfolio Holder for Service Delivery said:  “We are delighted that many of our car parks have achieved the Disabled Parking Accreditation.

“We are committed to ensuring a high standard of service provision to all residents and visitors to our communities. Receiving recognition in the form of these awards is very positive and we will be working over the next year to ensure more of our car parks can achieve this recognition.”

Dave Metcalf, British Parking Association Area Manager said: “I am delighted that Mid Sussex continues to meet the Safer Parking Scheme’s criteria across a wide variety of parking facilities and locations.

“The Disabled Parking Accreditation is an excellent addition as the scheme looks specifically at provision for disabled motorists whose mobility needs can be much more challenging.  The Disabled Parking Accreditation gives assurance to motorists who require additional planning to ensure their needs are catered for.”

Location and personal safety have been cited as joint priorities when choosing somewhere to park and Park Mark awarded facilities can use signage featuring the distinctive Park Mark tick so that drivers know exactly where to go for safer parking.  There are 5,000 car parks with the Park Mark award throughout the UK which can be found on a designated website www.parkmark.co.uk

There is a designated DPA website where disabled people can search for a car park with the accreditation.  There are around 700 accredited car parks across the UK.  To qualify, car parks must have accessible bays that meet British standards, which are at least 2.4 meters by 4.8 meters with a 1.2 meter safety or transition zone marked with cross patterned stripes along one side of the bay.

Signage must give clear information and instructions for the use of a building and there should be level access between pedestrian entrances/exits and parking bays.  Lifts or ramps must be provided where levels are not even.  Lighting, payment machines and alternative payment methods also form part of the criteria as well as concessions where appropriate to allow disabled people additional time.

Marta Bartosiewicz, Operations Manager, Disabled Motoring UK said” It is so vital that local authorities see the importance and value of providing accessible parking for disabled motorists therefore we are delighted to learn that Mid Sussex District Council, has invested in this important scheme. It will no doubt benefit generations to come.”

Could you spot a Park Mark car park?  Have a go by taking this quiz www.britishparking.co.uk/parking-quiz

Photo left: (left to right) Marta Bartosiewicz, Operations Manager, Disabled Motoring UK, Stephen Lewsley, Parking Operations Manager and Councillor Gary Marsh Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Service Delivery

Photo right: Stephen Lewsey, Mid Sussex Parking Operations Manager (left) and Dave Metcalf, BPA Area Manager

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