Corby town centre has been awarded the Park Access Award of Excellence for its Market Walk East Car Park, in addition to its Park Mark Safer Parking Award received in the summer of 2023.
Park Access is a brand new accreditation that aims to become recognised throughout the whole of the UK for accessible and inclusive parking and electric vehicle charging facilities. Park Access will enable everyone, regardless of their accessibility needs, to identify car parks and facilities, such as EV charge points, that they can use with ease via the website www.britishparking.co.uk/Park-Access. The new scheme is operated by the British Parking Association and Disabled Motoring UK.
Park Access incorporates two existing schemes – The Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA) and People’s Parking – which are ending. Whilst both the DPA and People’s Parking measured similar criteria as part of their assessment of a parking facility’s accessibility, Park Access takes these standards and raises them still further.
The Market Walk East surface car park in Anne Street was constructed five years ago following the demolition of the former multi-storey car park. It comprises 472 spaces, with 16 Parent & Child and 26 Accessible bays. Entry and exit are barrier controlled and payment is via a Pay on Foot system (free parking on Sundays and bank holidays). The site is covered by an extensive CCTV system.
Centre Director Dan Pickard says: “We are delighted to be one of the first centres in the country to receive this additional recognition by the parking industry that we are operating a high quality facility that is accessible to all town centre visitors. Prospective users can now plan journeys, find parking and EV charging with confidence.”