Meadowhall shopping centre has been given an award for its disabled parking facilities.
It is the first time the Disabled Parking Award has been given out in Yorkshire. and Meadowhall is only the third shopping centre in the country to receive the accolade from Disabled Motoring UK.
The award aims to improve disabled parking facilities, and reduce the abuse of disabled parking spaces. The shopping centre met the full criteria to achieve the award including maintaining accessible bays, and having clear signs, spaces which are easily accessed, good lighting and easy entry to the car park.
Centre director Darren Pearce said: “We pride ourselves on helping make the customer’s journey as easy as possible.
“The centre provides 350 disabled parking spaces to our customers which are easy to access and close to Shopmobility in the centre.
“It was fantastic news when we heard we had been awarded the Disabled Parking Award. It highlights our commitment to making the customer experience as good as possible.
“The award also recognises that Meadowhall considers enforcement around the disabled by to be of high importance within their parking policy.”
There are 12,000 free car parking spaces available at Meadowhall shopping centre.
Star readers praised Meadowhall bosses for clamping down on those who abuse the parking regulations – but called for more parent and child spaces too.
David Forrest said: “I’ve been many times with my wife and kids and there’s just not enough parent and child spaces yet there’s usually lots of disabled spaces left.”
Charlotte Proctor wrote: “Always loads of disabled spaces free but never any parent and child.”