Braintree District Council achieves Park Mark safety award for car parks

Braintree District Council achieves Park Mark safety award for car parks

Graham Chapman, Area Manager for British Parking Association, Councillor Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Environment and Place at Braintree District Council and Lorraine Keating, PSCO at Essex Police (right) at Station Approach car park in Braintree.

All council-owned car parks across the Braintree district have retained national awards for their safety and accessibility for the sixth consecutive year.

Braintree District Council’s car parks have been awarded the national Safer Parking Scheme’s ‘Park Mark’ status following an independent assessment by the British Parking Association and police trained assessors on Monday 28th January 2019, showing that the car parks met challenging criteria that includes CCTV, lighting, signage and cleanliness.

The award recognises the investment to keep the car parks to a high standard, ensure the safety of customers and their vehicles, and where there are low cases of crime.

Councillor Wendy Schmitt, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Place, said: “It’s great news that our car parks have once again been awarded Park Mark status recognising our ongoing investment and commitment to maintaining high quality and convenient parking facilities across the district. Local people and visitors can feel assured that their vehicles will be safe and secure in our car parks.”

Graham Chapman, Area Manager for British Parking Association, said: “I am very pleased that once again Braintree District Council has committed to ensuring that 16 car parks have complied with the standards required by the Police owned Park Mark scheme by providing quality management and a clean environment with low recorded crime and anti-social behaviour. It is reassuring for the residents of Braintree to know that despite cutbacks they see the value in maintaining car parks to acceptable Police award standards which are monitored annually by the BPA and Essex Police.”

Stephen Armson-Smith, Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor and Designing out Crime Officer, said: “Essex Police are pleased to be working with Braintree District Council and the British Parking Association to provide safe and secure car parking provisions within the Braintree District under the Park Mark accreditation scheme”.

Cllr Robert Mitchell, Chairman of North Essex Parking Partnership, said: “This is great news for Braintree District Council and our parking staff who work hard to ensure the car parks we manage are safe and accessible. I’m delighted that North Essex Parking Partnership manages 37 car parks across North Essex that hold the Park Mark accreditation.”

Customers using the car parks can also take advantage of the 10p parking after 3pm initiative from Monday to Saturday and all day on a Sunday which encourages shoppers to shop locally. All car parks now also offer convenient cashless parking via app, phone or text. ApplePay and card/contactless payment are also available at car parks.

Find out more about the Park Mark Awards here: