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New funding earmarked for local environmental works

Published on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A PACKAGE of improvements to pavements and roads in neighbourhoods across Leicester has been approved by the city council.

A sum of £300,000 has been approved for a range of schemes over the next 12 months that will focus on pedestrian safety, parking, walking, cycling and care of roadside trees. The money is part of the city council's Local Environmental Works programme which pays for a range of neighbourhood improvements in wards throughout the city.

Ward councillors helped identify issues in their areas which had been raised by residents.

Plans include the installation of new pedestrian crossing schemes on Thurncourt Road, Ethel Road and Spencefield Lane, and more pram/wheelchair crossing points across the city. There will also be more work to help address dangerous and inconsiderate parking, including the installation of bollards, railings and cycle racks at problem locations.

The council will also explore the feasibility of introducing new one-way systems in areas of terrace housing to help alleviate problems with heavy parking.

Neighbourhood shopping precincts will benefit from investment in repairs and improvements to footways, walls and steps, and cash will be set aside for the replacement of diseased and dangerous street trees across the city.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, said: “This latest programme of local environmental works reflects the issues that people in communities across the city have raised as being important to them.

“By developing these local schemes in parallel to our citywide highways maintenance programme, we can ensure that the benefits of investing in our roads and footways are felt right across the city.”

Approval for the works was given on 10 November.

The council's current annual budget for highways maintenance and repairs is around £10million.