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Park Mark assures safety in council car parks

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Posted in Latest Award by PM on 14:41 19th November, 2018

Council-owned car parks across Darlington have secured two national awards for their safety and accessibility.


Darlington Borough Council’s car parks have been accredited the national Safer Parking Scheme’s ‘Park Mark’ for being well-managed and meeting specific quality and safety criteria including CCTV, lighting levels, cleanliness and signage.


They have also achieved Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA) after an assessment demonstrated they met strict criteria for the provision of spaces, accessibility and clear enforcement of disabled bays.


Inspector Chris Knox, of Durham Constabulary, explained:  “Darlington Borough Council has a programme of investment in its car parks which has been acknowledged by the award of the Safer Parking Scheme’s ‘Park Mark’.


“The Safer Parking Scheme is a Police initiative which assesses car parks for safety and security and the council’s car parks have been recognised as well-managed and maintained, with minimal crime.”


Councillor Nick Wallis, cabinet member for leisure and local environment said: “Community safety is a priority for us and we want those who live, work and visit the borough to feel safe when they are here – that includes ensuring our car parks are safe and secure too.


“As well as securing ‘Park Mark’ status, we have also gained disability accreditation too ensuring that there are safe and secure parking facilities for all those who need them.”


The Safer Parking Scheme is a Police Crime Prevention Initiative (Police-CPI), managed by the British Parking Association, and is aimed at reducing both crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities. The Safer Parking Scheme is a national standard for UK car parks that have low crime and measures in place to ensure the safety of people and vehicles.  A Park Mark is awarded to each car park that achieves the challenging standards.  The distinctive Park Mark signage helps drivers find car parks where they can confidently leave their vehicle, knowing the environment is safer.


Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA), owned by Disabled Motoring UK, is primarily aimed at improving parking for disabled people and reducing abuse of disabled spaces. It requires owners and operators to adopt an active management strategy to ensure that there is minimal disabled bay abuse and there are facilities suitable for disabled people. For more information log onto www.dpaccreditation.org.uk


Photo: L-R: Insp Chris Knox,Durham Police, Steve Drabik.accreditation assessor for Durham Police, Ryan Davey, BPA Area Manager and Anna Willey, antisocial behaviour and civic enforcement manager for Darlington Borough Council

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