WORK is underway on two new parking schemes to help residents in a Leicester community.
A Controlled Pavement Parking Zone – where a limited number of marked bays enable vehicles to be parked partly on the pavements – is being installed around Harrison Road in Rushey Mead.
The scheme is being brought in on more than a dozen streets in the area, following concerns from residents about parking problems and the dangers of unauthorised pavement parking.
It’s not the first time Leicester City Council has brought in such an idea to address parking problems on narrow residential streets – controlled pavement parking has been in operation in Braemar Drive, Rushey Fields, since 2017.
The latest scheme includes Acorn Street, Agar Street, Arbour Road, Broadhurst Street, Canon Street, Edensor Street, Flax Road, Gipsy Road, Glen Street, Harrison Road, Jermyn Street, Lancashire Street, Leire Street, Marfitt Street, Moores Road, Portman Street, Stafford Street and St Michaels Avenue.
Additionally new double yellow lines are being painted on junctions without any markings.
In neighbouring Stafford Street and Edensor Street, a new residents’ parking scheme is also bring brought in to tackle existing parking problems in the area.
Residents can apply for permits now online, or at the Customer Service Centre in Granby Street.
In addition to parking for residents, there will be shared use bays that allow limited waiting for the shops along with a motorcycle bay. The existing one-way street restriction will also be extended to cover the whole length of Stafford Street.
Signs and lines are being installed, with both schemes due to come into effect on Monday, October 24. The work will cost about £110,000.
Leicester deputy city mayor for transportation, clean air and climate emergency, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “These two schemes are being brought in to address concerns raised by residents about traffic safety and parking in the area.
“It is a busy residential area, with narrow streets and terraced housing, and careless or inconsiderate parking can cause real problems for pedestrians in terms of access and safety.
“By creating designated parking bays which enable to park safely partly on the road and partly on the pavement, we can balance keeping traffic flowing with ensuring people can still use the pavements without vehicles causing an obstruction or danger.
“The additional double yellow lines at junctions will also prevent parking and improve visibility for drivers, pedestrians and other road users.”