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Monks Cross In York Gets Parking Award

Vanguard Shopping Centre Monks Cross

7:26am 10th January 2014
(Updated 7:27am 10th January 2014)

Monks Cross Shopping has retained the Park Mark® Safer Parking Award for another year for its car park. 

The Park Mark® Safer Parking Award is given to parking facilities that have achieved the requirements of an assessment conducted by the Police and the British Parking Association.

Monks Cross Shopping’s car park has over 1000 spaces for cars and nearly 300 spaces for bicycles. Monks Cross say the facility is patrolled daily by security personnel and there is CCTV coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They add that Monks Cross Shopping Park has put in place measures that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour, thereby doing everything they can to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime. The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Associations of Chief Police Officers (ACPO/S), aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas.

The boundaries and perimeters at Monks Cross were highlighted in the assessment as being well managed and secure and the vehicular access was deemed to be well signed and clearly defined, say Monks Cross.  They add that the parking areas were assessed as well marked and more specifically the disabled parking bays were described as appropriate and sufficient in number with wide, safe and clearly visible bays which give a feeling of security and safety to users.  The car park’s surveillance was classed as effective and efficient and the lighting of the car park was thought to be effective in reducing the fear of crime from the facility, say Monks Cross. 

The shopping centre say there has been no vehicle crime recorded in the past twelve-months in the car park at Monks Cross Shopping, which is considered to be an incredible result given the huge numbers of vehicles that use the car park every year.

Phil Taylor the North Eastern Park Mark Area Manager for the Scheme said” The Monks Cross Shopping Centre car park continues to maintain the standards set by the Scheme. Boundaries, lighting, vehicle layout and signage are clear for all their customers to see. The facility is always kept clean and tidy and this together with the other features help to make it a safe and none threatening experience for visitors.”

Katherine Sharp, Centre Manager, Monks Cross Shopping said: “We are absolutely delighted that Monks Cross Shopping has been awarded the Park Mark for our car park for the seventh year running.  The award demonstrates our commitment to our customers to make Monks Cross as safe as possible.   Our car park is very important to us as we know customers see the free parking as a real positive when choosing to shop at Monks Cross, so to ensure we manage our car park to the standard the Park Mark requires is one of our top priorities.”

Monks Cross Shopping says it operates a four hour maximum parking policy.  The policy is in place to protect car parking spaces for shoppers’ use only, say Monks Cross.  However, they add, if customers intend to shop at Monks Cross for longer than four hours they are invited to visit the Information Centre where their vehicle’s registration number can be removed from the Automatic Number Plate Recognition penalty notice process.   

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