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Makeover creates new community parking

Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

AN area of disused land has been given a dramatic makeover to create much-needed new community parking and to give an old playground a new lease of life.

The land adjacent to Hamilton Park, off Sandhills Avenue, had previously housed a small car park which has been derelict for a number of years, along with a little-used children’s playground.

Residents in the area had called for more parking to be created, and the city council responded by creating more than 20 extra parking spaces by clearing and resurfacing the disused car park.

In addition, cutting back overgrown shrubs and landscaping the area has enabled the previously secluded playground to be brought back into use.

The need for additional parking and improvements in the area was raised by ward councillors in the area.

The work was funded by Leicester City Council’s local environmental works budget, and carried out during the spring. In total it cost £31,000. 

Humberstone and Hamilton ward councillor Vi Dempster, said: “We raised this issue as ward councillors, to see whether some funds could be made available to create more parking and spruce up the other neighbouring playground. We’re delighted that this work has been carried out.”