West Berkshire Council

West Berkshire Council has some of the safest car parks in the country

Last year, 13 of West Berkshire Council's car parks were awarded Park Mark Awards. We're pleased to announce, these have been retained this year.

Park Mark Awards 2018

Issued on: 25 September 2018.

Jeanette Clifford, portfolio holder for Highways and Transport said; "It was a pleasure to welcome David Dawson of the British Parking Association (BPA) to Newbury and especially to receive our awards from him. Our parking team work hard throughout the year so that residents and visitors can be confident our car parks are safe and well maintained. The Park Mark means a great deal to us and confirms we are providing a good service. We'll be doing everything we can to retain it next year as well."

To receive a Park Mark, car parks undergo a rigorous risk assessment by a police assessor who looks at surveillance, prompt repairs, lighting, signage and cleanliness. A British Parking Association (BPA) area manager assesses the management of the car park. If a car park passes, the police award a Park Mark. 

David Dawson, Area Manager for the BPA, said: "West Berkshire Council should be applauded for maintaining the high standards for safety and reducing the fear of crime in their car parks. In order to achieve the annual Park Mark Award, organisations have to provide an ongoing commitment to ensure their car park facilities continue to meet and exceed the requirements of the scheme. The West Berkshire car park team have more than met this requirement over a number of years and it is impressive to see their professionalism and conscientious approach in how they manage these car parks and they are to be congratulated in that respect."

Sergeant Paul Morgan of Thames Valley Police said: "The distinctive Park Mark signage helps drivers find car parks where they can confidently leave their vehicle, knowing the environment is safer. We award the car park not the organisation. We look at their security measures such as lighting, natural surveillance and clear signage. Thames Valley Police is proud to work with West Berkshire Council in providing car park facilities which have achieved the required standard to be awarded the Park Mark signage."

The 13 car parks awarded are in Newbury, Pangbourne and Thatcham at the following locations:

Newbury - Market Street; Central; Kennet Centre; Library; Northbrook multi-storey; Corn Exchange; Northcroft Lane; Pelican Lane; West Street; Wharf Street.

Pangbourne - Station Road.

Thatcham - Kingsland Centre; Station.