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Safety and accessibility awards for shopping centre

Posted onPosted on 28th Nov

The Idlewells Shopping Centre in Sutton has again achieved the Park Mark, Safer Parking Award and Disabled Parking Accreditation for a further two years.

The awards are given to parking facilities that achieve the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association.

The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas.

Chloe O’Donnell, Idlewells Centre manager, said: “We strive to provide a safe and clean environment for shoppers to park their car. It is testament to our security and housekeeping teams, who work hard to ensure standards are maintained.”

Crime officer Boguslawa Motylska said: “We are really pleased with the facility and the results so far. Idlewells Shopping Centre car park is a well-designed facility that presents high standards of maintenance and great management practice.

“The award is a well-deserved recognition of on-going commitment to keeping people safer.”

Peter Gravells, British Parking Association area manager, added: “I am delighted that the car park has achieved the awards as it means that Idlewells is continuing to deliver a safer environment for those using the facilities. It is a fantastic achievement.”

There are 5,000 car parks with the Park Mark award throughout the UK, which can be found at

Disabled motorists can find DPA car parks at

Pictured, from left, are beat manager Pc Julie Armstrong; Baxi Motylska, Nottinghamshire Police assessor; Peter Gravells, British Parking Association; Chloe O’Donnell, Idlewells Centre manager; and Neighbourhood Policing inspector, Craig Hall.