Car parks are ranked tops

PUBLISHED: 15:29 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

THREE car parks in Saffron Walden and one in Dunmow and Stansted have been rated the safest in Uttlesford. All five car parks Swan Meadow, The Common and Fairycroft in Saffron Walden, White Street in Dunmow, and Lower Street, Stansted, have received award

THREE car parks in Saffron Walden and one in Dunmow and Stansted have been rated the safest in Uttlesford.

All five car parks Swan Meadow, The Common and Fairycroft in Saffron Walden, White Street in Dunmow, and Lower Street, Stansted, have received awards, operated by the British Parking Association and Essex Police.

Saffron Walden Major Hilary Chibatta said: "It is wonderful the car parks in our town have won these awards.

"Our car parks are really clean, safe, well lit and well maintained. It is all achieved through the hard work of many people. I just hope the current plan to turn off lighting in the town at night doesn't affect the current high status the car park enjoy."

The scheme is designed to reduce crime and the fear of crime in car parks.

It is carried out by the police with checks to ensure measures are in place that deter criminal activity and create a safer environment for both the motorist and their vehicle.

Police also check the facility is properly managed, maintained and has the appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness, all of which contribute to reducing the opportunity for crime.

Dunmow Mayor Frank Silver was delighted with the news.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted that the car park has been awarded with this.

"It shows that we are looking after people and the work we are doing is helping to make the town a safe, enjoyable place for people to live and work in.

"I'd like to thank all of the people for all their hard work that is now being recognised through this award."

Cllr Silver said the certificate would be displayed at the car park but no decision had yet been made precisely where this would be, but that would be decided by the town council.

Les Scott, civil enforcement manager said: "Safer parking benefits all motorists and we look forward to having other district car parks assessed.

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