ALL seven of the town’s Mid Sussex car parks have retained the prestigious Police Park Mark award for safety and security following an inspection by the British Parking Association on behalf of Sussex Police. The car parks have been recognised as examples of excellent parking design and will display the Park Mark sign of quality for the next 12 months.
Park Mark car parks have clear directional signage and use traffic flow techniques like one-way circulation so drivers are not confused about which way to go. Pedestrian access and exit points are clearly indicated and painted paths highlight the safest places to walk.
Park Mark car parks have lower levels of crime and reduce the fear of crime because they have measures in place to deter offenders, such as perimeter fencing, surveillance and bright lighting. They are also clean and well-kept to reassure drivers they are in a safer environment. Litter and graffiti are quickly removed, thus deterring further graffiti and criminal damage.
“It’s important that local people and visitors to the area feel safe and secure when they are parking in Mid Sussex,” said Sue Rees, Parking Services Manager for Mid Sussex District Council. “We want to ensure all our car parks create a welcoming environment for motorists and it’s great to see so many of them obtain Park Mark awards.”
The ‘Park Mark’ is part of the UK Police flagship initiative ‘Secured by Design’ that promotes crime reduction through effective design and security standards in public buildings, roadways, footpaths and car parks as well as private houses.
East Grinstead’s seven car parks are: Queensway, Kings Street, Christopher Road, Vicarage, Chequer Mead,Railway Approach and Norton House.