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Bradford's Kirkgate
Shopping has been awarded the People's Parking accreditation, and is the first
shopping centre in the city to meet the scheme's stringent requirements.


People's Parking,
founded by independent mobility consultant Helen Dolphin MBE in 2016, works to
improve car parks for customer needs, highlighting the facilities for disabled
people, parents, commuters, cyclists and those who drive wheelchair accessible
vehicles or camper vans.


Kirkgate Shopping,
which has more than 600 spaces accessible from its entrance on Godwin Street,
has met the scheme's criteria which requires the car park to be safely lit,
clean, have safe pedestrian access, good signage and the enforcement of
designated bays. In addition, it has been awarded extra accreditations for
being family friendly, great for shoppers and convenient for commuters.
Responding to today's 91,000[1] Blue
Badge holders within the Yorkshire and Humber region, the centre has also been
awarded an accreditation for being accessible for disabled people.


Helen Dolphin MBE,
quadruple amputee and disability campaigner, said: “As a disabled person I have
often struggled to get in and out of car parks. I find it incredibly difficult
to take tickets out of machines and to put coins into slots. By making a few
simple changes, many car parks can make themselves accessible to disabled
people and in doing so attract more customers.


“However, access isn't
just something which affects disabled people; parents with children can find it
difficult to get them in and out of vehicles in standard sized bays and people
driving high-sided vehicles have very few parking opportunities off-street. I
founded People's Parking to help demonstrate safe, easy and well-equipped car
parks for any customer with a specific requirement. I'm really delighted that
Kirkgate Shopping achieved my accreditation and I hope it will encourage other
shopping centres to follow their lead.”

Posted on 07 Aug 2017 at 12:19:27