Cambridge's Parking Services Commended In National Parking Awards

Cambridges parking enforcement service (LAPE) has again received national recognition for its effectiveness. The parking service, run by the City Council on behalf of the County Council was commended in the category of Effective On-street Parking Management Award in the Parking Review 2007 British Parking Awards -the Parking Oscars - at Londons Dorchester Hotel.
Cambridge lost out narrowly to the London Borough of Wandsworth, who won the Effective On-street Parking Management Award for their initiative to clamp down on blue badge fraud. Their campaign against people using stolen and forged badges is also being keenly studied in Cambridge.

Paul Necus, Cambridges Head of Parking Services said:

Nobody likes to get a parking ticket, and it is a tough job to keep Cambridge moving. Having won this award in 2006 the parking enforcement service in Cambridge has maintained its public reputation as a fair and high quality service with the public. People in Cambridge regard our parking attendants as professional, responsive, even-handed and sensitive to local needs. Last year we received over 500 public requests for more enforcement in Cambridge. Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to build on this reputation.

The British Parking Awards are organised by Parking Review magazine and Landor Conferences, sponsored by Equita and supported by the British Parking Association. The Awards were created to reward well designed parking facilities and operators. This years competition attracted a record number of entries from local councils, consultants, car park operators, architects and developers. The awards were announced by Match of the Day 2 broadcaster Adrian Chiles.

Cambridge City and Cambridgeshire County Councils took over parking enforcement from the Police in October 2004 to reduce congestion and delays to the emergency services caused by bad parking, and to keep Cambridge moving. The City manages the project on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council. Under the scheme the Citys contractor - Legion Parking - operates a team of parking attendants to keep traffic moving in and around the city. Money raised from the tickets goes to pay for the scheme with any surplus going to improve transport and environmental schemes within Cambridge.
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