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Two Narborough car parks have been awarded a national honour


The Station car park and Weavers Court in Narborough are two of four car parks across Blaby district which have retained a national award recognising  their high standards and safety.

Inspectors from the British Parking Association and the Police assessed that the car parks across the district of Blaby met the requirements of the Park Mark Awards – part of the nationwide Safer Parking Scheme.

The awards recognise management and maintenance of the car park, checking that there are appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness. There are currently nearly 5000 car parks with the Park Mark® Award throughout the UK

All these are known to reduce the opportunity for crime, creating a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle.

The other successful car parks in the district of Blaby are Enderby Road and Johns Court.

Michael Gardner, Park Mark® Scheme Area Manager, said:

Mark Gardner
Mark Gardner

“We recently conducted the annual assessments of Blaby’s four previously Awarded car parks which deservedly achieved the Park Mark Award for a further 12 months.

It was great to see that the standards had been maintained and the improvements that had been completed since the last visit were the benefit of their many customers.

This was testament to the hard work and investment that had taken place to achieve the Award, and should be congratulated”.

“The scheme celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. Reaching this landmark birthday is due to organisations being committed to achieving high standards and it shows they care about their customers’ experiences.”

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Neighbourhood and Environmental Services at Blaby District Council, said;

“It’s important people can feel safe parking up and leaving their vehicle when they visit our district. The standard for these awards is very high and it is very pleasing to see these car parks have achieved that standard.”

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Michael Gardner, Development Manager - British Parking Association, Billy Dilieto, Deputy Manager and PC 1955 Martin Aston

Meridian Leisure Park wins award for reducing car crime

Michael Gardner, Development Manager - British Parking Association, Billy Dilieto, Deputy Manager and PC 1955 Martin Aston
Michael Gardner, Development Manager - British Parking Association, Billy Dilieto, Deputy Manager and PC 1955 Martin Aston

The Meridian Leisure Park in Braunstone, Leicester has scooped a prestigious police award for helping to reduce car crime in the city.

The car park at the leisure venue on Lubbesthorpe Way has been awarded a Park Mark certificate. Park Mark is a national initiative run by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) as part of its Safer Parking Scheme to reduce crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities.

The award, managed by the British Parking Association, is granted only after a stringent ACPO inspection is carried out to ensure key measures are in place to make the car park as safe as possible for the public.

For customers of the Meridian Leisure Park, the Park Mark sign means that the area has been vetted by ACPO and has measures in place to create a safe environment

At the Meridian Park, a dedicated security team monitors CCTV cameras 24-hours a day and regularly patrols the car park. The layout of the car park does not give any easy cover to thieves.

PC 1955 Martin Aston, neighbourhood officer for Thorpe Astley, said:

 “For visitors to the Meridian Leisure, the Park Mark award adds real value as it is important for customer confidence to know that car crime at the venue is low.”

Park Manager David Eden said:

“We are delighted to have won the Park Mark award which is granted only after a stringent police inspection and is well earned recognition of the hard work put in by our security team and the measures we use, such as CCTV, to monitor the park day and night.

“Having Park Mark status gives our customers the confidence of knowing that they and their cars are as safe as possible, which is vital if people are to relax in a leisure environment.”

Michael Gardner, Area Development Officer for the Safer Parking Scheme, said:

“The Safer Parking Scheme Park Mark award is a police initiative aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in car parks. Meridian Leisure Park car park has now achieved that award yet again, having been in the scheme since 2006. Its operators should be congratulated for providing an accredited car park for their customers.”