A Torquay shopping centre has received a ‘Park Mark’ Safer Parking Award following a successful independent audit of the premises and management systems.
Fleet Walk Shopping Centre, which is managed by global real estate services firm, DTZ, was audited on areas including, vehicle and pedestrian access, lighting, shopper facilities, CCTV, cleaning and crime statistics by the British Parking Association and a Police Officer specialising in architectural design and public use.
John Seymour, Centre Manager at Fleet Walk, commented: “By attaining this award we can assure our customers of the quality and safety of where they park their vehicles. Parking is a very contentious issue within the Bay area and we have shown a willingness to improve the offer to our local customers to make the shopping experience a pleasant one from start to finish.”
The auditors commended the proactive approach of the security team and the pay on foot token system.
John added: “Since introducing the system in 2000, crime levels against vehicles have been cut to almost zero. It has a safer feel, particularly with the introduction of new ‘Eco-Trade’ low energy lighting to the majority of levels. The stairs and corridors are cleaned daily and any undesirable activity is challenged.”
Jessica Steevens, Associate Director at DTZ, added: “Torquay is making a marked improvement to its town centre to attract visitors, particularly with news of the successful Business Improvement District and Fleet Walk is committed to being a part of this.”