Tendring Council go the extra mile for disabled motorists. 

Twelve public pay and display car parks operated by Tendring Council have received Disabled Parking Accreditations (DPA). Tendring Council has shown a real commit to improving parking for their disabled constituents and visitors in adopting the DPA.

The DPA is a not-for-profit accreditation which focuses on improving the personal mobility of disabled motorists by recognising off-street parking facilities are accessible to disabled people. Additionally, the accreditation identifies those car park operators who actively set out to manage and reduce the abuse and misuse of parking spaces provided for disabled motorists. Local authorities that achieve the DPA will not only be demonstrating to their constituents that they are committed to providing high quality parking facilities for disabled people in their car parks, but also to raising standards across the parking sector. The DPA, a recognised certification mark, is owned by Disabled Motoring UK and administered by the British Parking Association.

Tendring Council should also be further congratulated for achieving Park Mark in 15 of its car parks. Park Mark is awarded to facilities that pass a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the Police and British Parking Association. The criteria are known to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle.

Graham Chapman, British Parking Association Area Manager said: “I am delighted that Tendring council has once again achieved the Park Mark award for 15 of its car parks as well as 12 New Disabled Parking Accreditations which clearly demonstrates the hard work and commitment to providing a safe environment for all users.” 

Graham Footer, CEO Disabled Motoring UK, said: “Tendring Council should be applauded in achieving the Disable Parking Accreditation in 12 of its car parks. Their efforts show a real commitment to making sure that disabled motorists have good access to their parking facilities. The Disabled Parking Accreditation also gives consumer confidence that the disabled bays are managed properly. We hope that other local authorities will follow the example set by Tendring Council and other local authorities on the scheme.”

Cllr Michael Talbot, Portfolio Holder for Environmental and Public Spaces said: “A lot of hard work goes into getting these awards and we should not take that for granted”. I am sure that both residents and visitors who use these sites will appreciate the effort that has been made by staff to maintain high levels of safety and accessibility.”

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