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Fresh look at plans for Golden Mile revamp

Published on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ARTIST’S impressions have been released showing how Leicester’s Golden Mile could look if a proposed revamp is given the go-ahead.

Leicester City Council has been working with external experts to develop ideas to improve Belgrave Road for traffic, local businesses, residents and visitors.

Detailed designs have now been drawn up for two possible schemes.

One would see the number of traffic lanes halved from four to two. Space would be given over to wider pavements, with a flush central reserve at bus stops and loading bays to allow traffic to pass parked vehicles.

The second design keeps all four traffic lanes.

Road layout is simplified in both designs. The road would feature fewer traffic signals while retaining safe places for pedestrians to cross.

Pavements would be revamped with high-quality materials in both designs, to help create a more attractive environment for visitors and residents.

New landscaping and seating areas now feature more strongly, in response to public feedback. At the heart of this is a proposal to create a new public space at the southern end of Belgrave Road by re-routing Donaldson Road and opening up the area close the city’s Gandhi statue.

This would also help strengthen links for pedestrians and cyclists between the main shopping street, Cossington Recreation Ground and the Peepul Centre.

The designs also feature new tree planting along the length of the road.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “These new images give a much clearer idea of the positive impact that improvements could make to this busy shopping area.

“The project team has been working very closely with local businesses, residents and other people who use Belgrave Road.

“The latest designs reflect that feedback, with a new emphasis on the creation of more public space.

“The Golden Mile is an important asset to the city but we know it could be made even more attractive for visitors and local residents.

“How the project progresses from here will be very much led by what the public think of these latest proposals.”

A five-week public consultation on the latest design ideas will begin on Tuesday, June 28.

There will be two public drop-in sessions running at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, where people can meet the project team. These will take place on Tuesday, June 28, between 4-8pm, and on Thursday, June 30, between 2-7pm.

The designs will be on display at Belgrave Library throughout July.

People will also be able to comment online at www.leicester.gov.uk/haveyoursay

The consultation will run until Thursday, August 4.