A CAR park in Colchester has been handed an award recognising it as one of the best car parks in the country.

Priory Street car park has been awarded the British Parking Association’s Park Mark Plus status.

The award assesses a range of criteria including services, operations, design and build.

It is only the second car park in the country to receive the recognition.

Mike Lilley, Colchester Council’s communities, wellbeing and public safety boss, said: “ A huge amount of work went into the car park’s refurbishment four years ago to improve its functionality, ease of use and attractiveness, and it is great to see this recognised with another award.”

Priory Street Car Park is open 24 hours a day and costs from 90p to park.