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Borough's Crown car park wins safety award

Ipswich’s new multi-storey Crown car park not only offers good value, it is also safe – and that’s official.

The Borough Council’s 540-space short-stay car park has just been awarded a Park Mark, a national award which looks at safety features in facilities across the country.

Crown, which has CCTV and staff on duty throughout its opening hours, is the latest to be given the accolade and Councillor Phil Smart, car parks portfolio-holder, said: “This national award means a lot to us as the rules governing who receives it are very strict - each car park is assessed by a police team. Crown sets out to offer good value and safety along with top customer care in the heart of the town centre.”

When the Tories and Lib Dems ran Ipswich between 2004 and 2011, they closed the old Crown Street car park and sold off Spiral car park and the surface car park at the old Civic Centre site. This lead to the Council losing its dominant share of the car parks market in Ipswich allowing prices to rise.

Since taking control of Ipswich Borough Council in 2011, Labour has built the new Crown car park and another in Elm Street, as well as extending the Regent and South Street car parks. The Council has used its stronger position to bring down the price of parking in the town.

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