South Tyneside Council is this week (Thursday 26th June) being presented with coveted safety awards for seven of its car parks in South Shields. This is continuing it's ongoing commitment to maintaining standards in the Borough's car parks.
The success follows last year's accolade when the Council received commendations for the Pier Head and South Promenade North car parks on the Foreshore.
The seven car parks receiving the 'Secured Status' award include another Foreshore car park (Trow Quarry) and six of the South Shields town centre car parks (Thomas Street, Charlotte Street South, Charlotte Street North, St. Hilda Street, North Street and Salem Street).
Councillor Peter Boyack, Lead Member for Neighbourhood Services says: "This is excellent news for the Council and recognition for the good work being done in our new Streetscape Division. The standards of our car parks provide excellent facilities for shoppers and visitors to the town centre and the sea front. These first class parking facilities will contribute to the transformational plans for the Borough."
South Tyneside Council has been working, in partnership with Northumbria Police, towards achieving the "Secure Status Awards" for the Council's off-street Pay & Display Car Parks, to demonstrate excellence in Car Parking Safety and Security for the benefit of users and to support the town centre and sea front vitality.
The award will certify that car parks that have effective measures to create a safe and secure environment which reduces public fears and restricts opportunities for crime. Over the past five years the Council has continually enhanced its car parks to improve lighting, access, patrols and surveillance facilities to improve safety and security for the benefit of people using the car parks. This is a nationally accepted standard and has Home Office backing and is recognised as a standard of excellence.
The British Parking Association has commended South Tyneside's nine secured car park awards, which account for 25% of all the awards that have been made across the whole of the Northumbria Police area.
Superintendent Dave Pryer of Northumbria Police at the South Shields Headquarters says: "I am delighted that the long-term partnership working between the Police and Council has been recognised by the British Parking Association. The award of 'Secure Status' to a further seven car parks in the Borough is an outstanding example of how we have proactively tackled both crime and the fear of crime."
The Council provides 2,600 clean, safe and convenient car parking spaces close to shopping, business and leisure facilities and records more than 850,000 parking incidents every year.
Amanda Skelton, Executive Director Neighbourhood Services added: "The car parking services we provide across the Borough adds value to the environment and helps to make the Borough a better place to live and visit. I'm particularly pleased to see that the Council's car parking stock is among the best in the whole of the Northern area. We will continue to strive to deliver excellence in car parking in the future."
The awards will be officially presented to the Mayor, Councillor Linda Waggott by Superintendent Dave Pryer and Mike Whitfield of the British Parking Association before the full Council meeting on Thursday (26th June).
Leaflets giving more information about the car parking facilities provided by the Council, can be obtained at the Town Hall and Central Library, South Shields. More detailed information on the Council's Pay and Display Car Parks are available from David Pentland, Senior Engineer, Traffic Services, who is responsible for the maintenance and management of car parks.