Visitors to the Bassetlaw towns of Worksop and Retford can be reassured in the knowledge that their cars will safer when parking in Council owned car parks thanks to a national award that recognises safety and high standards.
Eighteen out of 20 Bassetlaw District Council car parks have been recognised for their crime prevention measures and great facilities; such as CCTV, lighting and surface reporting, with the Park Mark, Safer Parking Scheme award.
A Park Mark is awarded by the police and British Parking Association (BPA) to parking facilities that have achieved the standards of the Safer Parking Scheme risk assessment.
Cllr June Evans, Cabinet Member for Finance at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “I’m pleased to announce that very nearly all of the Council’s car parks have met the extremely high standards that are required to attain the Park Mark award.
“This is the 5th year that our car parks have received the award, which demonstrates that we are maintaining high standards across the board. As an authority we hope to attract greater numbers of people to our town centres either as visitors or to work. The awards demonstrate that the Council’s car parks are a safe and convenient space to leave your car.”
Each car park undergoes a rigorous assessment by specially trained police assessors with the individual car park, not the authority, recognised with the award. The car parks that achieve the award have management practices and security measures assessed, which actively reduce crime.
Peter Gravells, the Safer Parking Scheme’s Area Manager for the BPA said: “I am delighted that Bassetlaw District Council has continually achieved Park Mark awards since 2005. This shows a positive commitment by the authority in creating safe and non-threatening places to park. As part of the assessment process each car park will be reassessed every two years jointly with the Nottingham Police Assessor.”
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.
Personal safety and location have been cited as joint priorities when choosing where to park and 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
Bassetlaw District Council operates and manages seven car parks in Retford and 13 in Worksop with a total of 1,511 regular spaces and 136 disabled spaces across the district.
The Council is also operating free parking after 2pm in all of its car parks across the district between Monday 5th December and Monday 2nd January 2017 to encourage shoppers into its town centres over the Christmas period.
Photo: (left to right) John Bowler, Facilities Manager Bassetlaw District Council, Peter Gravells, BPA Area Manager and Kevin Brown, Nottingham Police SPA Assessor.