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Next £700k phase of citywide parking improvement plan announced

Published on Friday, November 17, 2017

PLANS for more investment in improving city centre car parks and addressing dangerous and inconsiderate parking across Leicester have been announced.

Leicester City Council has released a further £700,000 of capital funding to help continue a programme of parking improvements over the next 12 months.

Around £220,000 has been earmarked for the refurbishment of the council-run Haymarket multi-storey car park, as well as further improvements to surface-level car parks.

An extra £200,000 will be allocated to ongoing work across the city to address school-run parking issues and related safety concerns. This will help pay for a range of measures including bollards, new signs and road markings. It will also act as match-funding for cash from the Government’s Sustainable Transport Access Fund to help pay for schemes to help encourage more children to walk or cycle to school.

New parking laybys will be created in outer estates at a cost of around £80,000. This will include Emerson Close, in Beaumont Leys; Lombardy Rise, in St Matthew’s; and Homestone Gardens and Milnroy Road, in Thurnby Lodge.

The ongoing roll-out of pavement parking pilot schemes in Rushey Mead and Aylestone will be backed by £75,000 to pay for parking projects in Harrison Road, Aylestone Village and around Grace Road cricket ground.

There will also be about £125,000 invested in improving on-street parking in neighbourhood shopping areas, changes to road layouts on minor roads to help ease congestion caused by parking, and the further roll-out of residents’ parking schemes.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor for neighbourhoods services, said: “Parking can have a big impact on neighbourhoods and this latest round of funding will help us to roll-out our ambitious parking improvement action plan to more areas of the city.

“Inconsiderate parking by schools, at local shops and in residential streets can be a big problem for local communities. Along with improving city centre car parks, the programme of works for the next 12 months will help address problems that have been raised at local level, improve road safety in busy areas and provide more parking where it’s needed.”

Leicester City Council adopted its new parking improvement action plan in December 2016 and set aside £2.2milllion in the capital budget to fund a three-year programme of improvements.