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Controlled pavement parking scheme comes into effect

Published on Friday, May 19, 2017

A NEW pilot scheme to provide parking in a residential street in Rushey Mead has come into effect.

Leicester City Council has brought in controlled pavement parking in Braemar Drive, after residents had called for action to address parking problems in the area.

The new scheme, which is the first of its kind in the city, includes designated car parking bays painted partly on the pavement and partly on the road.

The bays allow enough room for pedestrians, wheelchairs and pushchairs to use the pavement safely, and also leave enough room for cars to continue to use the highway. 

The new parking bays have been installed where it is safe to do so. There are no bays across driveways, on dropped kerbs or other areas where parking would be unsafe or obstructive.

It came into effect earlier this week, following extensive consultation with residents, and a public exhibition in June 2016 explaining the scheme.

As part of the scheme, Hardy’s Avenue has been made one-way (in the direction from Melton Road to Arran Road), to enable car parking on both sides of the road. Repairs have also been made to a number of pavements ahead of the parking bays being painted in. 

In total the scheme has cost about £55,000.

Civil enforcement officers working on behalf of the city council will be patrolling the new parking arrangements. For the first two weeks, motorists parking outside of the designated bays will be given warning letters and guidance.

After June 1, fines can be issued for any illegal parking.

Leicester City Council’s director of city highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “We have designed this pilot scheme after consultation with local residents and advice from local police, ward councillors and the City Mayor, to see how best to tackle the issues raised concerning parking.

“This pilot scheme means that we’ve been able to create parking bars, where safe and appropriate to do so, so that cars can park partly on the road and partly on the pavement, in a controlled way. 

“This still leaves room for people to use the pavements safely, and also for vehicles to continue to use the road as before. The additional work in Hardy’s Avenue means people can also park on both sides of the road safely.

“We will be looking closely at how well this scheme works, with a view to bringing in similar measures in other parts of the city where residents have raised concerns.”