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Neighbourhood improvement works to begin

Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A MAJOR package of neighbourhood improvement works across Leicester is due to begin this summer.

Leicester City Council has agreed a further £200,000 programme of works, including installing pram and wheelchair crossings, making safety improvements, measures to tackle speeding motorists and careless parking, and replacing diseased and dangerous trees.

The scheme is due to begin in late July as part of the council’s 2016/17 Local Environmental Works programme. It is part of a wider rolling programme for which £900,000 has been set aside from 2016-19. 

The work follows discussions between the City Mayor, council officers and ward councillors in order to identify the key issues people had raised locally.

Projects will include:

• £20,000 to be spent on constructing pushchair and wheelchair facilities at pedestrian crossings at various city-wide locations

• Parking control measures costing £30,000, including bollards, cycle racks and railings across the city

• £30,000 on local traffic regulation order requests to tackle parking problems in various neighbourhoods

• A traffic and pedestrian safety scheme along Welford Road from Chapel Lane to Overdale Road in Knighton, costing £30,000

• Speed surveys and vehicle-activated signs as part of a city-wide, £20,000 speeding action plan

• £40,000 investment in neighbourhood shopping precinct improvements, such as repairs to steps, walls and pavements

• A £30,000 scheme to replaced diseased or damaged trees in conservation areas

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: "These works are the latest phase to focus on the kinds of community issues that people have raised with us locally, ranging from parking problems to the need for better road crossings or tackling speeding traffic for example.

“This further £200,000 investment will ensure that we can make these improvements for the benefit of local residents. 

“The consultation work we’ve done at a ward level as part of this has ensured we’ve got a clear idea of the issues which people feel most strongly about, in order for us to address them.”