NEPP wins big at the British Parking Awards

The very best of parking management was celebrated at the prestigious British Parking Awards 2021, last Friday, which saw North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) scoop three of the coveted glass trophies – equalling its 2019 tally and adding to its 2020 Communications Award.

NEPP triumphed in the Positive Responses to the Pandemic Award, for its exceptional work to support the NHS, local authority clients and communities across north Essex to manage, mitigate and fight the coronavirus pandemic. Along with its dedicated coronavirus webpage, NEPP extended support to NHS staff members by offering a free parking permit. Single yellow line restrictions were eased to allow for increased homeworking during the lockdown stages of the pandemic, and residents were also offered a three-month extension to their residents parking permits.

NEPP picked up a further prize, when it beat stiff opposition to win the Parking as a Service Award. The award recognises work that delivers a positive experience for motorists by creating easy-to-understand, non-confrontational and person-centric services. NEPP’s win recognised its work to support the Positive Parking Agenda, which focuses on changing perceptions and misconceptions towards parking, as well as the Don’t be a Selfish Parker campaign. The 3PR and Park Safe Schools projects were also singled out for helping to tackle dangerous and illegal parking around schools.

And, finally, there was a special prize for Richard Walker, NEPP’s Parking Partnership Group Manager, who was lauded with the MiPermit Inspiration Award for making a significant contribution to improving parking. Richard joins the ranks of previous Inspiration Award winners as an exemplar of excellent practice who has inspired colleagues, clients and the wider parking community.

Cllr Sue Lissimore, Chair of the North Essex Parking Partnership, said: “I’m delighted and enormously proud that the innovative and positive approach NEPP has taken towards creating a positive experience for motorists has been recognised and celebrated once again at these prestigious national awards. I would like to congratulate NEPP and its dedicated staff on their fantastic achievement, winning three awards for the second time in three years. We will continue to work hard to ensure this excellent work continues.”

The awards were held at the Royal Lancaster in London, on Friday 24 September 2021.

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