All council-run public car parks in the town centre of Basingstoke now have the Park Mark Safer Parking award for the first time.
The news comes after a concerted campaign by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council over the last few years to bring its town centre car parks up to the high safety standard.
The Park Mark campaign, an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers, is aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime. Safer Parking status is awarded to parking facilities that have passed a strict inspection by the police including areas such as lighting, surveillance and measures to deter anti-social behaviour, as well as cleanliness and a general high standard.
Cabinet member for Communities, Sport and Culture Cllr Elaine Still said: “It is fantastic these council owned car parks have been awarded the Park Mark award.
“It is very reassuring for residents and visitors to the borough that our town centre car parks meet this standard, providing parking that’s well lit, clean and has good surveillance.”
Area Manager for the Safer Parking Scheme for London and Hampshire, Graham Chapman said: “Congratulations to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for ensuring that their residents and visitors to the town centre can park safely and in the knowledge that these car parks have been successfully assessed regarding both their physical security and management practices - ensuring that they reach the quality Park Mark standard."
June Allison, Crime Prevention Design Advisor and Park Mark assessor, said: “The county of Hampshire has got 100 Park Mark facilities of which 16 are in Basingstoke. All praise to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for pushing this forward.”
For more information on council-run car parks in Basingstoke town centre and other areas of the borough see www.basingstoke.gov.uk/go/carparks or call 01256 844844.