Council-owned car parks in Kettering have won two national awards for their safety and accessibility.
The national Park Mark scheme has been awarded across all of the council-owned car parks for being well managed and meeting specific quality and safety criteria including CCTV, lighting levels, cleanliness, standards of maintenance and signage.
For customers, using a Park Mark Safer Parking area means the area has been vetted by the police and has measures in place in order to create a safe environment.
Kettering’s Wadcroft, London Road, Municipal Offices and School Lane car parks have also been awarded the Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA).
DPA is primarily aimed at improving parking for disabled people and reducing abuse of disabled spaces.
It requires owners and operators to adopt an active management strategy to ensure that there is minimal disabled bay abuse, there are facilities suitable for disabled people and that recognition is made of the extra time taken by disabled people in the form of a concession.
Cllr Mark Dearing, portfolio holder for regeneration at Kettering Council, said: “We are delighted that the hard work that goes in to managing our car parks has been recognised in this way, giving a clear message that they are the safest, and most convenient way of parking close to the town centre shops, restaurants and amenities.”
Shirley Plenderleith, Kettering Council’s head of public services, said: “We are delighted that the Kettering car parks have continued to achieve the standards required by both the Park Mark and Disabled Parking Accreditation
“This recognition demonstrates that Kettering Council is committed to providing safer environments for those that use their facilities.”