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New laybys and parking areas to be created

Published on Friday, October 7, 2016

NEW car parking areas and laybys are being created in communities across Leicester as part of an extensive programme of improvements.

Leicester City Council is installing a range of measures in areas where residents have called for better parking provision to tackle longstanding parking issues.

More than £750,000 worth of work will take place, funded jointly from the city council’s housing and parking strategy budgets.

Three schemes have already been completed, including a £65,000 project to create 14 new parking places and a central grassy area in Ontario Close, St Matthews; a £75,000 new layby, parking area and adjoining footpath creating 15 new spaces in Bateman Road, New Parks; and a £96,000 programme of resurfacing work to create additional parking in Abbey Lane, Langley Avenue and Thurcaston Road.

The next stages of work will take place at over a dozen more locations across the city, including St Matthews, Rushey Mead, Thurncourt, New Parks, North Evington, Eyres Monsell, and Aylestone.

All the work is due to be carried out before the end of the financial year 2016/17, and will create over 70 new parking spaces.

In total, £496,000 is coming from the city council’s housing division, with £265,000 coming from the city council’s capital programme to improve parking.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “As part of our parking improvement plan, we’re looking to make the most of the parking available in the city, and this programme of work is part of that. 

“Residents in many neighbourhoods have come to us with parking issues, and we’ve look at where changes can be made to create more parking spaces.

“In some places we’re creating laybys to stop people parking on soft, muddy verges, and in other places it’s a case of widening carriageways to enable safe on-street parking, or resurfacing existing spaces to make sure they are in a usable condition.”

Wider public consultation on Leicester City Council’s parking improvement plan 2016-19 ran from August 10 to September 30.

The responses will now be used to help draw up plans covering city parking over the next three years.