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Consultation to start on 20mph zone

21/02/2013

PEOPLE are being asked for their views on a proposed 20mph zone covering a residential area in Leicester.

Bradgate Heights, in Beaumont Leys ward, is the latest area of the city being considered for a 20mph zone, in order to help reduce the numbers and severity of road accidents, and encourage more cycling and walking.

City-wide 20mph zones, supported by local residents, were part of City Mayor Peter Soulsby's manifesto commitment upon which he was elected in May 2011, and a number of schemes are already underway.

The Bradgate Heights scheme would see 20mph zones introduced in 19 residential streets, covering over 2,500 metres of road. It includes the whole length of Lady Hay Road, Strathern Close and Broombriggs Road, as well as numerous roads off to either side.

Public consultation on the scheme will begin on Monday, February 25, and will run for four weeks until March 25. Leaflets outlining the plans and the consultation will be handed out to residents of the streets involved, or people can also make their views known online.

The work is the latest in a series of nine planned schemes to bring 20mph zones where residents have requested them. Consultation work has already been completed for schemes in the St Matthews and Harrison Road areas, with further schemes and consultation planned for the areas around Sandhurst Road, Aylestone Village and Humberstone Village.

There are also schemes planned for the areas around St Mary's Infants School in Rowley Fields, Woodstock Primary School in Beaumont Leys and Mowmacre Hill Primary School.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "The pledge to make 20mph zones available where residents want them was a key manifesto pledge, and Bradgate Heights is the latest one upon which we are consulting.

"I'd urge people to make their views knows so we can ensure these schemes are designed around what residents want."

The consultation will be available online from Monday, February 25, at http://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/

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