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Aylestone Park residents to have say on options to address parking problems

Published on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

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PEOPLE living in the Aylestone Park area of Leicester are being asked for their views on a range of proposed measures to address problems with parking in residential streets.

Leicester City Council has drawn up a number of options aimed at increasing the amount of parking available for residents and local businesses, and address problems with increased demand for spaces during events at the nearby cricket and football ground. It is now inviting local feedback on the proposals.

Among the measures being proposed is the introduction of residential parking zones for local residents, businesses and visitors. This could include restrictions that would be in place around-the-clock, seven days a week; a daytime-only scheme; or short-term restrictions that would only be in place during match day or similar events at either of the sports grounds.

The city council is also considering the introduction of new one-way restrictions on selected narrow streets in the area to allow car parking on both sides of the road. An option to introduce controlled pavement parking is also being explored for some streets, where the pavement is wide to allow for this without causing obstruction.

People can have their say on the proposed measures by taking part in an online survey at consultations.leicester.gov.uk, which runs until Sunday 28 November.

An exhibition explaining the how the proposed measures could work will take place at two venues over the coming weeks.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club, Grace Road, will host the exhibition on Monday 25 October, from 12noon until 2pm, and again on Tuesday October 26, from 5pm until 7pm.

Aylestone Leisure Centre in Knighton Lane East will then house the exhibition on Tuesday 2 November, from 5pm until 7pm, and again on Thursday 4 November, from 12noon until 2pm.

Any proposals taken forward following this initial round of public feedback will be subject to more formal consultation with local residents and businesses.

Martin Fletcher, Leicester City Council director of highways, said: “A number of issues around parking in the Aylestone Park area have been raised by local residents and councillors. Our traffic surveys have also shown there is a problem with increased parking on match days and during other events at the nearby sports grounds.

“We’ve developed a range of proposals and options to help address these issues and we now want to hear from local residents and businesses about what measures they would like to see introduced.

“If there is support for the measures being proposed, we’ll develop those plans and bring them back for more formal consultation with people who live and work in the area.”

The city council has recently introduced measures to address dangerous and inconsiderate parking at junctions in the Aylestone area, with the introduction of more double yellow lines in problem areas.