Rustington takes parking to another level with two of its car parks

Shop Rustington has won the national safe parking award for the first time for both of its 300-space car parks.

Churchill Parade Car Park and Broadmark Lane Car Park, have achieved the Park Mark, Safer Parking Award. This means that they have been assessed by the police and have measures in place to deter criminal activity, creating a safer environment for both you and your vehicle.

A Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities which pass a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association.  The assessments include management and maintenance of the facility, ensuring that there are appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness.  These criteria are known to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle.

David Metcalfe, British Parking Association Area Manager, said: “Total Parking solutions took over the running of these car parks recently and I met their enforcement officer on site who was very helpful and new his job thoroughly. They have a very professional set-up in Rustington covering these two car parks.  Phil Edwards, the Police Assessor, and I were both impressed with the customer service shown and the car park conditions when we visited.”

Car parks with the Park Mark award can use signage featuring the distinctive Park Mark tick, so that drivers know exactly where to go for safer parking.  Early adopters of the scheme saw a dramatic drop in vehicle-related crime of over 80% showing that the initiative really does make a difference. 

Personal safety and location have been cited by users as joint priorities when choosing where to park.  There are currently 5000 car parks with the Park Mark award throughout the UK which can be found on a designated website