CAR parks in Tendring have received a national award for safe and accessible parking.

About 15 car parks have been officially recognised for their excellent safety measures.

A total of two of the car parks are in Harwich and include Wellington Road car park and The Quay car park.

Parking sites across the district have been awarded with a Park Mark, which is a Safer Parking Award.

Following recent inspections from the British Parking Association (BPA) 12 of these car parks were also awarded with Disability Parking Accreditation.

Michael Talbot, portfolio holder for environmental and public spaces, said: “A lot of hard work goes into getting these awards and we should not take that for granted.

“I am sure that both residents and visitors who use these sites will appreciate the effort that has been made by staff to maintain high levels of safety and accessibility.”

The BPA assesses car parks across the country and give out awards if they meet certain criteria including good useof lightning and low levels of reported antisocial behaviour.

As well as general cleanliness and accessibility for users with additional needs and reduced mobility.

The following 12 car parks have been awarded for both safer parking and the disabled parking award: The Quay in Harwich, Agate Road carpark, Alton park Road, Martello coach and carpark, Elm grove car park, Jaywich beach car park, Ipswich Road car park in Clacton, and High street car park in Walton.

As well as the Tower street car park in Brightlingsea, Wellselroad car park in Clacton, Church road car park in Walton and the Victoria Place car park in Brightlingsea.

The High Street car park in Clacton, Wellington Road in Harwich and Hazelmere car park, in Clacton have received an award for safer parking.