Park your vehicle safely with Newark and Sherwood District Council

Posted on: Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Newark and Sherwood District Council has once again been awarded with the Park Mark ‘Safer Parking Award’ for its safe and secure car parks around Newark.

Last week, all car parks managed by Newark and District Council in Newark were assessed by the British Parking Association and all the sites were awarded with both the prestigious Park Mark award and the Disabled Parking award.

This follows the District Council’s recent achievement of the new Park Mark Freight award for Newark Lorry Park, located in Great North Road, Newark.

The Freight Parking award was given to the District Council due to its hard work and dedication in providing a safe environment for its users and through careful management of the site. The site is fully secured with fencing, gates and 24/7 CCTV to keep drivers and their vehicles safe. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) controlled barriers help the District Council to achieve a high level of security.

The District Council’s Lorry Park is the first of its type, in not only in Nottinghamshire, but also in the East Midlands, to win the award.

Newark and Sherwood District Council are the only authority in the country to have received all three awards.

Currently Newark and Sherwood District Council hold the ‘Park Mark’ award at the following locations:

  • Riverside Arena Car Park
  • Riverside Car Park
  • Castle House Car Park
  • Town Wharf Car Park
  • London Road Car Park
  • Appletongate Car Park
  • Newark Lorry Park - now holds Park Mark Freight award

The Park Mark Safer Parking Scheme is a Police Crime Prevention Initiative (Police-CPI) and is aimed at reducing both crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities.

These marks of recognition are awarded to parking facilities that pass a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the Police and the British Parking Association. The sites must demonstrate excellent maintenance of the facilities and that the levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness are being managed effectively.

These measures are known to reduce the opportunity for crime, and create a safer environment to allow residents and visitors of Newark and Sherwood to feel safe and secure when using the District Council’s car parks.

Residents and visitors should look for the Park Mark tick to ensure safer parking. The District Council owned parks and covered by CCTV cameras and the sites are routinely patrolled by car park staff.

Councillor Roger Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Cleaner, Safer, Greener at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “I’m pleased to see we are once again being recognised for the safety and security of our car parks. We are dedicated to creating a cleaner, safer, greener district and these awards show that the hard work and investment into security measures is proving successful. I hope these Park Marks reassure car park users that they can feel safe using our sites."

Peter Gravells, British Parking Association Area Manager said: “This is a fantastic achievement, and I am delighted that Newark and Sherwood District Council has achieved the Park Mark, DPA and Park Mark Freight awards as it demonstrates the hard work and commitment to providing a safe environment for users.”

Find out more about District Council car parks.