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Safer car park at Mecca Bingo in Beeston



Mecca Bingo premises in Beeston have received a ‘Safer Parking’ award following assessment by the British Parking Association and Nottinghamshire Police.

The car park at Mecca Bingo at Queens Road, Beeston, achieved the award after being judged on a number of criteria, including: crime statistics, secure boundaries, car and pedestrian access, parking area, surveillance, lighting and signage. 

This means that Mecca has provided an award-winning standard of car parking at its club for its customers. Securing this award means that the British Parking Association will shortly publish on their website that Mecca in Beeston is a safe place to park, which enables Mecca to market and promote the benefits of its car parking facilities to its customers.

Chief Inspector Wes McDonald said: ‘This is obviously a boost for the area and customers of Mecca Bingo. People do not want to have to worry about the safety of their cars when they’re out for an evening’s entertainment. A safer environment is a more attractive one for all and any award that might help the economy of Beeston in these more difficult times can only be welcomed.   The Police input in the early design stage of the premises in the placement of the smoking shelter to afford good natural surveillance of the car park assists with reduction of crime’.

The Safer Parking Award Scheme is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers, aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities and managed by the British Parking Association. It indicates that Mecca has put in place measures that help to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour to create a safe and attractive environment for visitors and workers; there have been no car crime related incidents reported to the police during the two years Mecca have operated this car park.

Home Bargains have recently opened their new store on this site and are in the process of voluntarily installing extra external CCTV to assist in keeping this car park secure and to its current crime free standard.


Various car parks throughout the Broxtowe Borough and locally in Nottingham and also all across the UK belong to this scheme; it is always a lot safer to use one of these car parks if they are available. For details of locations of safer car parks see:



The photograph shows CI McDonald presenting Mecca with the award on 13 December 2010. Left to Right: Alan Jones Regional Safer Car Parking Manager, CI Wes McDonald Nottinghamshire Police, Neil Tams, General Manager Mecca Beeston., Paul Horton Nottinghamshire Police Licensing Officer



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