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£400k to be invested in local repairs and community improvements

Published on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A £400,000 PROGRAMME of neighbourhood improvement works has been approved as part of the next of Leicester City Council’s local environmental works.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby has approved spending the money, which is from the city council’s capital programme for 2018/19, for a range of schemes including pedestrian crossings, safety measures, repairs to pathways, walls and street furniture, as well as replacing diseased trees and improving festive decorations.

The package of works is the latest part of a three-year rolling programme which has seen £900,000 in total invested in making neighbourhood improvements.

Planned schemes include £15,000 to be spent on creating pram and wheelchair-friendly crossing, as well as spending £70,000 on three new pedestrian refuge crossings requested at Ethel Road, Thurncourt Road and Evington Lane.

A £120,000 programme of work is being proposed to create new one-way traffic systems at Mere Road, Doncaster Road, Marsden Lane/Sanvey Lane, and the area around Asfordby Street.

A further £80,000 will be invested in various parking safety improvements and traffic contraventions, including bollards, cycle racks, railings and some double yellow line markings.

The council’s Speeding Action Plan, to prioritise the carrying out of speed surveys and vehicle-activated signs, will benefit from £30,000, while about £50,000 will be invested on local neighbourhood and public realm improvements, including maintenance and repairs to footpaths, street furniture, steps and retaining walls, at sites including St Stephens Road, Heyford Road and Wharf Street North, and ongoing work at Aylestone Village.

About £25,000 will be spend on replacing diseased trees in conservation areas, with about £10,000 spent on additional Eid lighting columns and decorations in the St Peter’s Road area.

The work is scheduled to be carried out between autumn 2018 and the end of the financial year.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Many of the schemes in this programme are relatively small-scale, but are nevertheless important and in many cases reflect concerns which local people have raised with us.

“In some cases we’ve been asked to improve pedestrian, cycle or wheelchair safety at crossing points, and in others residents have asked us to installed yellow lines or other parking measures to tackle traffic problems.

“They are all schemes which should have a beneficial impact on the communities involved, to help make them safer and more pleasant places to live.”

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