30th July 2019
CORBY TOWN SHOPPING & WILLOW PLACE HAVE ACHIEVED THE COVETED PARK MARK® SAFER PARKING AWARD AND DISABLED PARKING ACCREDITATION.
Corby Town Centre management have achieved the coveted Park Mark® Safer Parking Award and Disabled Parking Accreditation for their newly created surface car park - Market Walk East Car Park. This car park has replaced an ageing Multi Storey Car Park and is part of the significant investment in and regeneration of Corby Town Shopping & Willow Place by Corby Town Centre SARL, Europa Capital & Sovereign Centros.
The award is accredited to parking facilities that have achieved the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by both the Police and the British Parking Association. The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives and Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK), aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas.
Peter Gravells, British Parking Association Area Manager, said: “I am delighted that Market Walk East Car Park under the control of Corby Town Centre have achieved the awards as it means they are continuing to deliver a safer environment for those using the car park. It is a fantastic achievement and testament to the effective management and high standards being implemented”.
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.
Dan Pickard Centre Director, said “Personal safety and location have been cited as joint priorities when choosing where to park. There are currently 5000 car parks with the Park Mark award throughout the UK, I am delighted that we have achieved both the Park Mark and Disabled Parking Accreditation. Accessibility, security and ease of use were our priorities when designing and building the new car park, these accreditations demonstrate that we have successfully delivered all three”.
“There is a designated DPA website where disabled people can search for a car park with the accreditation and it’s great that disabled motorists visiting Corby town centre can park with ease”.
To qualify, car parks must have accessible bays that meet British standards, which are at least 2.4 meters by 4.8 meters with a 1.2 meter safety or transition zone marked with cross patterned stripes along one side of the bay.
Signage must give clear information and instructions for the use of a building and there should be level access between pedestrian entrances/exits and parking bays. Lifts or ramps must be provided where levels are not even. Lighting, payment machines and alternative payment methods also form part of the criteria as well as concessions where appropriate to allow disabled people additional time.