Devon County Council shortlisted at PATROL PARC Awards

PATROL PARC AwardsDevon County Council’s parking team. Left to right Keith Hardacre, Cllr Stuart Hughes, Chris Rook, and Peter Smith.

Posted on: 12 July 2016

Devon County Council was among the local authorities shortlisted at the PATROL PARC Awards (Parking Annual Report Awards by Councils) last night (Monday 11 July).

PATROL’s annual awards ceremony, this year held at the Houses of Parliament, recognises the local authorities who have published the best reports on their parking services, as part of their civil enforcement reporting.

Although the County Council did not win the Concise Report category, it was awarded a certificate of excellence, which was presented to Devon’s Traffic Management Team Manager Chris Rook, Peter Smith and Keith Hardacre, alongside County Councillor Stuart Hughes. They received the certificate on behalf of the Council from Rt Hon Mike Penning MP, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice and Home Office.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Cllr Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We’re honoured to have been recognised by the PATROL Annual Report Awards, and we’re especially proud as it was the report for the first year of our in-house service; which was a challenging but successful year. We have continued to develop savings and efficiencies and there are opportunities to share those efficiencies with neighbouring authorities.”

Councillor Jamie Macrae, Chair of the PATROL Joint Committee, said: “We recognise that throughout England and Wales authorities vary in size, nature and priorities. The awards this year embrace these differences and recognise councils that seek to inform readers, be they residents, businesses or visitors about local traffic management challenges and solutions.”

As part of PATROL’s campaign to change the national conversation about parking, the awards have been designed to reward, share and promote best practice in local authority annual reporting nationwide. Having an informative and well-designed parking report can simplify the process for local authorities to demonstrate their benefit and value to the community and help to change public attitudes towards civil parking enforcement.

The winner of the Best Report Award was Brighton & Hove Council whilst the Best Concise Award went to the Borough of Broxbourne.

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