It?s that time again when the great and the good of the industry gather to celebrate in London all that is good in the parking world. This year as well as being a chosen finalist for its entry of New Covent Garden in the ?Best Refurbishment Category?, Makers sponsored the ?Parking in the Community Award?.
As with all of the 15 categories up for grabs there remains stiff competition from all factions of the parking fraternity with over 90 entries, contesting these coveted prizes and with over 1500 guests attending the luncheon held at the Lancaster Gate Hotel, London, the afternoon proceedings are renowned for being boisterous and this year was no exception with Deborah Stephenson doing her utmost to control the energetic audience.
The ?Parking in the Community Award? is a tribute and recognition to those who go above and beyond in their individual communities to make them a better place and add the human factor to the parking industry. Makers were delighted to be sponsors of this valuable award and wish to recognise and commend all the entrants in the category for their hard work and effort in being shortlisted for the British Parking Awards Finals:-
Westminster Council for their engine idling campaign as they suffer from the high level of pollution and congestion with in the City of London regarding stationary vehicles.
The Learn Play Foundation and Sandwell Council for their interactive suite of learning media for parents and children to learn road safety and better parking. The Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA) for their work regarding the abuse of disabled parking provision.
Apcoa for their generosity working with the Dove House Hospice whereby parking fees are collected and donated to the Dove House programme. Kent County Council for their work to tackle Insafe parking around schools with children dressing up as traffic cones.
?We were particularly delighted when Wandsworth Council won as they have recognised a very strong need for parents with disabled children who don?t qualify for the blue badge scheme, yet have all the same issues. It?s an absolute no brainer, I hope the other councils can roll this idea out?
Simon Lamb, MD
The WAND card allows parents with children of disability to use the disabled parking provision within its car parks, Town Hall and other public areas within its control.
Makers would like to offer its congratulations to all the finalists and winners and special congratulations to Wandsworth Council for such a fantastic scheme.
Whilst New Covent Garden didn?t win the Best Refurbishment category we would like to extend our congratulations to the City of Wolverhampton for the Civic Centre car park who were worthy winners of the Best car park refurbishment 2017, so here?s to next year??.fingers crossed.