Council car parks win Park Mark award.
Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) is pleased to announce that the following car parks have received the prestigious Park Mark, the Safer Parking Scheme award that recognises car parks with measures in place that actively deter crime and the fear of crime in car parks.
The car parks awarded are:
- Buckhurst Hill: Queens Road Upper and Queens Road Lower
- Epping: Civic Offices, Cottis Lane and Bakers Lane
- Loughton: Vere Road Car Park North and South, Burton Road, Burton Road South, Oakwood Hill, Traps Hill, The Drive, Smarts Lane, High Beech and Sainsburys Old Station Road
- Ongar: The Pleasance, Banson’s Lane and Sainsbury’s, Banson’s Lane
- Waltham Abbey: Cornmill, Quaker Lane, and Darby Drive
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.
Safe and welcoming
Councillor Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Customer and Partnerships at Epping Forest District Council said:
Epping Forest District Council is proud to support the Safer Parking Scheme for safer, brighter and cleaner car parks. Ensuring safety of people and their vehicles in our car parks is our priority and we are pleased to provide a safe and welcoming environment for all customers.
Very strong commitment
Graham Chapman, British Parking Association Area Manager said:
It has been a pleasure to announce that once again Epping Forest District Council has achieved retention of all 21 Park Mark awards.
Following consultation, the council is already putting in place arrangements to repaint the fading bay markings in 12 car parks to ensure that they continue to maintain the high standards required for accreditation.
This shows a very strong commitment to the visiting public in this part of Essex that they can be assured this council is doing everything possible to ensure that all their car parks are bright, clean and pleasing environments in which to park safely.
Drop in crime
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 over 4500 car parks with the Park Mark award throughout the UK which can be found on the Park Mark website
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