National award for our parking team

Left to right: Zoe Anning, Mike Artherton, Councillor Vincent and Darren Stoneman receiving the award

Left to right: Zoe Anning, Mike Artherton, Councillor Vincent and Darren Stoneman receiving the award

Our parking team has won a national award for its work in supporting the local community.

The team has beaten off competition from across the country to win the Inspiration Award in this year’s British Parking Awards, organised by Parking Review magazine.

The awards, now in their 15th year, showcase excellence in the design of parking facilities, exceptional customer service and innovative thinking

Over the last 12 months the 60 members of the team – who manage the city’s parking zones, parking enforcement and car parks – have made it their mission to make a difference to others, especially those who are less fortunate.

They’ve raised hundreds of pounds for charity and been involved in a host of projects and initiatives supporting the community, including:

  • Job coaching and placements through Shekinah, helping ex-offenders find work
  • Mentoring for the long-term unemployed through Jobcentre Plus, which has led to two people being offered apprenticeships with the Council
  • Supporting apprentices and helping seven gain an NVQ in Business Administration
  • Offering work experience placements through the Prince’s Trust
  • Being trained as Dementia Friends, delivering training to other staff and introducing Dementia Friendly bays in car parks
  • Providing an educational seminar for students at Duchy College Cornwall
  • Supporting the Council’s road safety team at local events
  • Sponsoring their colleague’s 16-year-old daughter to fly to Spain and compete for Britain in the World Underwater Hockey Championships. She scored three goals and won a Player of the Match award.
  • Raising more than £500 for local and national charities

Announcing this year’s award winners, Parking Review said: “This year projects that deliver real benefit to local communities made a particular impact. The Plymouth parking team not only raises funds for local charities and good causes, but also provided job coaching for ex-offenders and mentors the long-term unemployed. They have also created designated spaces for dementia sufferers and their carers in car parks.”

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “Our parking staff are passionate about supporting the local community and should be very proud of their achievements. They give up a lot of their own time to share skills, for example by providing practical help with job applications and preparation for interviews, as well as raise money for good causes. They even put together a food hamper to help a family in crisis at Christmas. This award recognises their efforts and is much deserved.”

Mike Artherton, our Parking, Marine and Highways Policy Service Manager, said: “We were pleased to be commended in the Parking in the Community category, but it was a complete surprise to be presented with the Inspiration Award. The team feel it is really important to support others, especially those less fortunate and to design our services to meet their needs.”