HILLINGDON Council has emerged as the big winner at the British Parking Awards 2010 .

The council was named overall winner after being short-listed for four awards, and winning two; the innovation award recognises the work done to launch the HillingdonFirst card, which gives borough residents preferential parking rates; while the back office team of the year award is for professionalism in dealing with appeals and permit matters, and developing training for parking staff.

The overall winner award recognises the most outstanding example of excellence in the UK parking industry in the past year.

The British Parking Awards were launched in 2002 by Parking Review Magazine and seek to recognise best practice and innovation in the management, design and enforcement of parking.

The 2010 Awards took place at London's InterContinental Hotel on Friday, March 12, with the winners announced to a 500-strong audience by impressionist Jon Culshaw.

Councillor Keith Burrows, cabinet member for transportation, said: "Hillingdon is proud to have a parking services that firmly puts the residents of the borough at its heart.

"At the same time businesses and visitors are benefiting from a first class service that other local authorities from across the country are looking to emulate."

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