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Best of the Best - NSL scoops three major awards at the British Parking Awards

The NSL group were the best of the best at the 2011 British Parking Awards, scooping three major awards. It was three nominations, three shortlisted entries and three wins at the BPAs in London on March 11th.
Our three winners were Cherelle Lander from NSLs Westminster contract for Parking Person of the Year, NSL and the London Borough of Hounslow CCTV team for the Enforcement Award, and the Project Centre and Southwark Councils transformation of Rye lane for the APCOA Living Streets Award.

The awards, now in their tenth year, were held at the Intercontinental Hotel in London and were revealed by comedian Hugh Dennis, star of BBCs Outnumbered and Mock the Week.

A long list of entrants was shortlisted to 80 for the twelve awards, which were then assessed and discussed by a panel of judges from across the parking industry. The judges looked to single out the most outstanding examples of excellence shown by individuals and teams during the past year. The calibre of entrants for 2011 set new standards according to the judges, so we were particularly pleased to win in all three of the categories in which we submitted.

Cherelle Lander won in the category of Parking Person of the Year.

Judges recognised Cherelles high profile appearances for Westminster on TV and in media as a being a positive force for the parking industry, demonstrating to millions of people the professional and customer friendly way parking enforcement is handled by NSL people. And Cherelles hoping to take things further in her new role since being nominated, she has been promoted to a new role of Stakeholder Relations Assistant in Westminster.

Cherelle commented: I just cant believe it. I never thought that I would win the award and I really appreciate being put forward by NSL and Westminster.

Meanwhile NSLs CCTV team for the London Borough of Hounslow won in the Enforcement Award category, where we detailed the successful operation to install and staff a new CCTV system for parking and community safety, all within an extremely tight timescale and budget, to fulfill one of Hounslows ten new pledges to residents. Promise 10 included a pledge to improve community safety.

Inspector Ged Boyer, Metropolitan Police Hounslow commented: Since the installation of the control room in December 2009 the relationship between your team and the police has continued to develop and our officers have come to rely heavily on the evidence captured by your cameras as part of their investigations. Furthermore my colleagues have come to realise how valuable the CCTV system can be in supporting proactive policing operations.

Project Centre and Southwark Council also won the Living Streets Award for a project to transform Rye Lane. Project Centres new look Rye Lane was completed ahead of schedule and within budget after a complete redesign between Hanover Park and Peckham High Street.

The improvements provide a safer and more accessible environment for pedestrians and cyclists and feature a new cycle lane. Wider pavements have allowed new trees to be planted which makes the street more attractive and provide shade during the summer. New loading bays and a contra flow cycle lane have been set into the footpath, with cyclist controlled crossings at each end.

David Moores, Technical Director of Public Realm: Rye Lane is a fantastic project that proves both quality streetscape and community benefit can be achieved without spending millions. Working with Southwark Council we resolved challenging issues. I am pleased it has received the recognition it deserves.
NSL Services Group
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