Council seeks safety mark at Llanelli's multi storey car park
THE council is seeking a safety mark designation at Llanelli's multi-storey car park.
The authority is working with the British Parking Association and the police to obtain Park Mark safer car park designation — awarded to facilities that have met the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the police.
Mid and West Wales AM Simon Thomas made calls for the move after the deaths of 20-year-old Mike 'Ratts' Williams and Sarah Holmes, 41, who both died in tragic circumstances at the Murray Street car park.
The Plaid Cymru politician, whose office is around the corner from the car park on Bres Road said: "I welcome the move to achieve a Park Mark designation.
"I would like to thank Carmarthenshire Council for responding to my call for a review of safety measures at the car park following the two tragic deaths at the car park."
The council told Mr Thomas that since 2012, a new CCTV system was installed at the multi-storey car park.
They stated that all of the CCTV units relay captured images directly to the control room at Llanelli Police Station.
Should officers or security guards observe a gathering of youths in any level of the car park, the police are notified immediately and called to the car park as a matter of priority, the council revealed.
The system of lighting in the car park has been renewed along with a battery powered emergency lighting system. The lighting is switched on at all times while the car park is open to the public.
Renovation work has recently been completed on the 40-year-old 527 space car park, which has been given a £1.7million makeover.
It has had lifts replaced, stairwells overhauled and all seven decks have been specially concrete treated and decorated with non-slip walkways.
It has also had new crash barriers, high visibility lighting, a new visual display showing the occupancy, electric car charging points and a new exterior look between decks with silver mesh cladding on the entrance elevations.
"As someone whose office is in the town centre I want to ensure that the facilities are second to none. My staff and I use the car park," Mr Thomas added.
"We must ensure shopping in the town centre or the in-door market continues to be appealing to people.
"The car park plays an important role. I would like to see it free to attract more shoppers into the town and create an even playing field with out of town stores."