18 October 2013

Council wins awards for making car parks safer

Regency Square and Trafalgar Street car parks in Brighton have both been given Safer Parking Awards by the British Parking Association (BPA) in recognition of the council’s work to provide a safer environment for customers.

Brighton & Hove City Council has invested £4.2 million in refurbishing car parks. Work includes repainting, improved lighting and signage, together with vehicle and pedestrian controlled access. 

It brings the number of ParkMark® awards the council has won to four (the other car parks are The Lanes and London Road). The awards are given following assessments by Sussex Police and the BPA.

Councillor Ian Davey, lead member for transport, said: “We are committed to improving our parking services and making parking safe and convenient. Investing in these council-operated car parks has not only greatly enhanced the overall appearance of both of them, but has contributed to making them safe and non-threatening environments for people. It’s great to be recognised for that work.”

Nationally facilities that have received the award have seen a drop in vehicle-related crime of over 80%. Vehicle-related crime now accounts for 13% of all crime (down from 22% in 2004), and 11% of vehicle-related crime occurs in car-parks (down from 20% in 2004).

In Brighton & Hove relevant crime-related incidents have reduced dramatically over 12 months and are now in single figures.  With a total annual vehicle throughput of some 325,000, the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is extremely low.  Regular visits are made at both locations, together with a good standard of cleanliness, all of which helps to reduce perception of crime.

BPA area manager Mike Bibby said: “Brighton & Hove City Council have once again achieved the required standards for these Park Mark® awards to be granted and I would like to congratulate all involved in keeping problems to the absolute minimum. 

“Over the past few months, many improvements have been made to both facilities at considerable cost to the council and all users can be confident their safety and that of their vehicles is taken seriously.”

There are currently some 5,000 car parks with the Park Mark® Award throughout the UK. To find your nearest Park Mark® car park, visit www.parkmark.co.uk