CAR parks are places where people can often feel vulnerable, especially women.

But Tenbury is one of the Malvern Hills District Council car parks recognised for its high standard of safety.

Car parks within the Malvern Hills District, including Tenbury, have achieved a national award for their high safety standards.

The 14 car parks, owned and managed by Malvern Hills District Council, have been awarded Park Mark, which forms part of the Safer Parking Scheme.

The Safer Parking Scheme, a national standard for UK car parks, is aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking areas, to ensure the safety of people and vehicles.

According to the scheme, the distinctive Park Mark sign ‘ensures drivers can find car parks to confidently leave their vehicle, knowing the environment is safer.’

The award, managed by The British Parking Association, is credited to parking facilities that have achieved the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the Police and the British Parking Association.

All of the 14 council owned car parks are located in Great Malvern, Barnards Green, Link Top, Upton upon Severn and Tenbury Wells.

“We are delighted to have been awarded the Park Mark Award,” said Cllr Peter Whatley, Portfolio Holder for Resources at Malvern Hills District Council.

“We strive to provide a safe and clean environment for residents and visitors to park their car. It is testament to our civil enforcement officers, property and cleansing teams who work hard to ensure standards are maintained. The award is a well-deserved recognition."