Nottingham City Council’s two Park and Ride sites have been awarded a major national safety award

Queen’s Drive and Colwick Racecourse P&R which offer over 1500 parking spaces, have both received Park Mark safer parking awards by the Safer Parking Scheme for the tenth consecutive year.

This means that both of the City’s park and ride sites are dedicated to creating a safe, non-threatening environment to their customers through providing lit parking spaces, on-site security staff and CCTV. This has also been achieved through the Queens Drive Park and Ride offering a free car care scheme, where users can register to ensure a parking attendant contacts you if you something happens to your car such as leaving your lights on, having open windows or your alarm goes off.

To gain this award each car park undergoes a rigorous assessment by specially trained police assessors. Park Mark car parks have lower crime as operators do all they can to reduce both crime and the fear of crime. During the accreditation process, police assessors recommend changes that are known to deter offenders, such as perimeter fencing, surveillance and bright lighting. If incidents do occur, operators and assessors together identify the causes and take action.

The award is run in partnership with British Parking Association, Association of Chief Police Officers and Police Scotland.

Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: ‘We are delighted that we continue to be receive these awards as they give people confidence to park up and take the bus at our sites, knowing that every effort is being taken on their behalf to keep them and their vehicles safe.”