Official recognition for disabled parking facilities in Winchester

Press Release: 14/06/2016

The accreditation is presented to the Council team

Winchester City Council is the first local authority in the south to receive the Disabled Parking Accreditation at 4 car parks: Jewry Street, Middle Brook Street, Tower Street and South Winchester Park and Ride.

To qualify, car parks must have accessible bays that meet British standards, which are at least 2.4 metres by 4.8 metres with a 1.2 metre safety or transition zone marked with cross patterned stripes along one side of the bay.

Signage must give clear information and instructions for the use of a building and there should be level access between pedestrian entrances/exits and parking bays. Lifts or ramps must be provided where levels are not even. Lighting, payment machines and alternative payment methods also form part of the criteria as well as concessions, where appropriate, to allow disabled people additional time.

Richard Hein, Head of Parking Services at Winchester City Council, said:

“It’s fantastic that Winchester’s car parks have achieved this accreditation which reflects our commitment to providing high levels of customer service to all, and our ongoing investment in our car park stock.”

Councillor James Byrnes, Portfolio Holder for Transport and Professional Services, added:

“Achieving this award is an important part of our efforts to make Winchester a great place to live, work and visit for everybody, not just a few. We remain one of the most attractive cities in the region both for leisure visitors and businesspeople. Our easy to access car parks are a key driver in being recognised as a city that is ‘open for business’ all year round”.

Dave Metcalf, British Parking Association Area Manager, concluded:

“I am delighted that Winchester City Council has achieved the Disabled Parking Accreditation at four sites. Disabled Motoring UK’s report into disabled parking facilities across the UK showed that many car parks failed to make provision for disabled drivers. There is a designated DPA website where disabled people can search for a car park with the accreditation and it’s great that disabled motorists in and around Winchester can park with ease. “