Regent Arcade car park receives award

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Regent Arcade car park receives award

Regent Arcade car park receives ‘Park Mark’ Safer Parking Award

The Regent Arcade car park is officially a safe place to park, according to the British Parking Association (BPA). Operated by Cheltenham Borough Council, the car park has been awarded the BPA’s ‘Park Mark’ Safer Parking Award.

The BPA is the largest professional association in Europe representing organisations in the parking and traffic management industry.

Parking areas which have been awarded the BPA’s ‘Park Mark’ are deemed to be run by responsible operators who are concerned with the customer’s safety and the safety of their vehicle, and who have done the best they can to reduce crime and the fear of crime on the site.

The award was made following an inspection of the Regent Arcade car park by a BPA accredited assessor, a specially trained police officer, who assessed the site against the BPA’s Safer Parking Scheme criteria. These being:

Management practice

Crime recording and statistics

Boundaries and perimeters

Vehicular access

Pedestrian access

Parking areas

Surveillance

Lighting

Signage

The BPA’s report on the car park specifically praised the enthusiasm and dedication of staff at all levels, which it said was evident in the quality of service given to the public.

Revenue from the Regent Arcade car park has increased by 5% from 2005 to 2006, without the need to increase prices, a fact which the report applauded.

Councillor Rob Garnham, cabinet member for the environment, comments: “I am particularly pleased with this award, which recognises the hard work and enthusiasm of our staff to make sure that the car park is safe and secure. By their efforts we know members of the public feel safe and the fear of crime and damage to their vehicles is reduced. Overall security is good and that has been recognised by this national award – well done to all involved.”

Posted : 19/01/2007 19:57:12

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