7 September 2016

City car parks recognised in national award scheme

Four car parks in Brighton & Hove have been awarded People's Parking accreditation - a scheme which aims to improve parking for customers by enabling them to find a car park which specifically meets their needs. 

Car parks at The Lanes, Regency Square, Trafalgar Street and London Road were praised for being accessible for disabled people and offering a range of parking for commuters and shoppers. 

The electric vehicle charging points at Regency and Trafalgar Street car parks were also noted, along with the pre-booking facility at Regency Square and London Road,

The award organisers were also impressed that the council has a  24 hour cleaning contact in all its car parks.

People’s Parking was launched earlier this year by Helen Dolphin MBE. As an independent mobility consultant and a disability rights campaigner, Helen felt it was time for a change within the parking industry.

The scheme has a number of criteria requirements such as location, suitability for disabled people, parents with children and additional amenities including electric charging points. All car parks need to have good signage and pedestrian routes, be well lit, clean and actively managed. 

Helen Dolphin commented:  "I’m really delighted that Brighton & Hove City Council applied for my People’s Parking accreditation and in doing so demonstrated their commitment to improving parking for everyone.

“The scheme is growing steadily and I’m really grateful for councils coming on board as I want this to be an accreditation for all car-parks not just those that are privately run.

Congratulations once again to Brighton and Hove for having such well-maintained car parks which meet the needs of many different motorists.”

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s environment committee said:  “We work hard to ensure that our busy car parks are safe, accessible and inclusive. Therefore, it’s very rewarding to receive this accreditation which acknowledges that we are getting things right and meeting everyone’s needs.”

For more information about People’s Parking, please visit www.peoplesparking.org