13 July 2017

Parking report retains top spot

Brighton & Hove’s Parking Annual Report has been won a national parking award for the second year running.

The council was named as the winner of the Best Report at the PATROL PARC Awards (Parking Annual Report Awards by Councils), held last night (July 11th) at the House of Commons, hosted by David Rutley MP.

PATROL’s annual awards ceremony recognises the local authorities which have published the best reports on their parking services, as part of their civil enforcement reporting. The Best Report is judged on the overall presentation, how helpful it is to the local community, the policies, scheme design and the quality of the information provided.

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, received the award on behalf of the council from Louise Ellman MP and chair of the transport select committee.

The awards were launched in 2009 to promote and share best practice among councils in the production of parking annual reports and Brighton & Hove has been shortlisted every year. This year around 70 reports were entered for the PARC Awards and nine were shortlisted.

PATROL commissioned an independent review group to assess reports.  The group said of the Brighton & Hove City Council report: “Brighton &Hove City Council has consistently produced an outstanding report and this year they have maintained their high standard – the report is attractive and easy to read with plenty of appropriate illustrations and it provides all the information that a resident or visitor needs to know about parking and related issues.”

Cllr Mitchell, said: “We are very proud to receive this award for the second year running and we are grateful to everyone who contributed to this year’s report which supports our aim of providing an open and transparent service.

"Our residents are keen to know about parking in Brighton & Hove and this report is an important way of sharing the latest news about publicly operated parking year on year. The report offers an overview of parking in the city, highlighting new initiatives and developing trends, with the continuing aim of improving our services for both residents and visitors.”

As part of PATROL’s campaign to change the national conversation about parking, the awards have been designed to reward, share and promote best practice in local authority annual reporting nationwide.

Civil parking enforcement involves managing limited parking resources on behalf of the community.  Having an informative and well-designed parking report can simplify the process for local authorities to demonstrate their benefit and value to the community and help to change public attitudes towards civil parking enforcement. 

All the Parking Annual Reports are published on the council’s website at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/parking