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Council proposes £2.2milllion package of parking improvements

Published on Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PEOPLE are being invited to comment on new plans to improve car parking in Leicester’s city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Leicester City Council has announced plans to invest £2.2milllion in a range of schemes that will help improve parking provision and tackle inconsiderate and dangerous parking across the city over the next three years.

The council has today launched its draft Parking Improvement Action for public consultation.

It includes proposals to invest around £450,000 in a programme of work to create more parking spaces in neighbourhoods where there are pressures on existing on-street parking.  A further £250,000 could be spent on measures to help tackle problems in heavily parked local shopping streets, including the installation of bollards and railings and increased enforcement.

The plans also include £75,000 earmarked for consultation and, subject to local demand, delivery of proposed residents’ parking schemes in Stoneygate and St Matthew’s. The council also plans to review the number and type of residents' permits used in existing schemes.

Around £300,000 could be invested in pilot schemes to introduce controlled pavement parking in Rushey Mead and Aylestone, with a view to rolling out measures across the city centre if it proves successful.

The council also plans to invest about £450,000 on revamping its car parks at Haymarket and Dover Street, along with developing better car park route signage and variable messaging for visitors, including on busy match days. Work with partners to improve privately-run car parks in the city centre is also proposed.

Motorcycle parking in the city centre would also be improved.

Around £450,000 has been earmarked to help address dangerous parking outside schools. This would include reviewing the use of keep clear zones outside schools and exploring the potential to use camera enforcement vans to tackle illegal parking where problems exist.

Increased enforcement to control illegal parking in bus lanes is also being proposed as part of a £225,000 package of measures to help manage congestion. This would also include increasing the number of parking enforcement officers to help tackle obstructive parking on busy routes, and exploring the potential to introduce a city-wide tow away zone.

Options will also be explored to make use of the park and ride service more attractive during peak hours.

The plans also include improvements to online payments and permit applications, and more promotion of underused car parks.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Over the last five years, we have made significant improvements to provide better parking and solve some of the parking issues in the city.

“We’ve opened three new street level car parks and made more on-street parking spaces available in the city centre. We now have much simpler parking charges and much-more user friendly parking meters and have already begun work to refurbish our car parks, with work at Newarke Street now complete.

“It is vital that we build on this work. Good quality parking is important in helping ensure that Leicester continues to be a great place to live and work in and a fantastic destination for visitors.”

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor for neighbourhoods, added: “Parking can have a big impact on neighbourhoods. We all have a part to play in making sure the limited space we share on our roads is used with consideration.

“Unfortunately, inconsiderate and dangerous parking by schools, at local shops and in residential streets is still an issue in some areas. This action plan proposes significant investment in a number of schemes that will help tackle this by providing more available parking and increasing enforcement where problems persist.”

To have a say on the draft Parking Improvement Action Plan (2016-19) visit www.leicester.gov.uk/haveyoursay

The consultation closes on Friday, September 30.

Last year, the city council collected over £1.9milllion from on-street parking, £1.7milllion from its car park charges, and almost £1.4milllion from parking fines. This was reinvested in car parking services and improvements, supported bus services, concessionary travel and city transport projects.