This recent inspection means that all nine of the council’s car parks continue to be in the scheme. The other four car parks are due to be re-assessed next year.And, in conjunction with Park Mark, a new Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA) scheme has been introduced. This scheme ensures that a car park has good accessible bays, ease of access, good lighting, clear signage, accessible payment facilities and disabled bay enforcement to ensure they are not misused.Five council car parks received an ‘Award of Excellence’. The five are:

  • Worle Parkway Diamond Batch, Worle
  • Salthouse Fields car park, Clevedon
  • Nailsea and Backwell station car park, Backwell
  • Melrose car park, Weston-super-Mare
  • Carlton Street multi-storey car park, Weston-super-Mare

“Critics of our car park charges may not realise that to achieve these awards means committing to providing high quality parking facilities for everyone and we are delighted to have received this accessibility award alongside retaining our ‘Park Mark’” said Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, deputy leader and executive member with responsibility for car parks.

“It’s by no means automatic that car parks will retain their ‘Park Mark’ status when they are re-assessed. In other areas of the country many car parks do not get this award or, in some cases, have it suspended or removed

“The fact that all nine of our car parks currently have or have retained ‘Park Mark’ accreditation shows our commitment to providing high quality parking facilities where users can feel confident that they and their cars are safe.”

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