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Residents to have say on Great Central Way access ramp plans

Published on Monday, July 22, 2019

Marsden Lane ramp artist's impression

PEOPLE are being invited to view proposals for a new ramp to improve access for cyclists and walkers between the Great Central Way and Marsden Lane.

Leicester City Council is proposing to create a new wooden-frame ramp so that people can directly access the Great Central Way by bike or on foot, directly from the Aylestone Meadows car park in Marsden Lane.

Currently, access is only available up a short flight of stone steps meaning that it can be difficult for wheel chair users, cyclists and people with buggies to join the Great Central Way at this point.

Residents will have a chance to view and comment on the proposals at a drop-in event at The Black Horse, Narrow Lane, in Aylestone, on Wednesday 24 July from 6.30-8pm.

Members of the project team from the city council will be available to answer questions at the event.

The event has been organised with help from the Aylestone Meadows Appreciation Society.

Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for environment and transportation and local ward councillor, said: “Improving access to the brilliant Great Central Way from Marsden Lane has been a point of debate in Aylestone for 20 years or more.

“Finding a solution has been a complex engineering challenge but we hope these new proposals will reenergise the debate. It’s important that we find a a way to address the access issues that have been a problem here for far too long.

“Alongside this, we are already investing in improving Aylestone Meadows to reduce flood risk to nearby properties, create new wildlife habitats and help attract even more visitors to this very special area of natural beauty.”

Comments and feedback from the Marsden Lane access ramp drop-in event will be considered by the project team. A planning application is then expected to be submitted later this summer.

If given the go-ahead, the scheme is expected to cost about £300,000 and will be funded by the Local Growth Fund (LGF) through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).

A £400,000 LGF-funded project to improve flood relief measures, create new wildlife habitats and improve access to the popular Pebble Beach area of Aylestone Meadows, on the banks of the River Biam, is due to get underway in September.

Both projects are part of the River Soar and Grand Union Canal Access and Environmental Improvement Programme. This is carried out in partnership between the city council, the Environment Agency and the Canal and River Trust to encourage more people to visit and enjoy the city’s canal and river corridor.