Parking scheme among considerations for “congested” Leicester road

By Matthew Earth

Parking plans for a “narrow” road in Leicester could be in place as early as next year, Leicester City Council’s Transport Development Officer said yesterday.

James Whelan, speaking at a Rushey Mead ward community meeting, said there is likely to be a public exhibition showcasing potential plans for Harrison Road in Leicester within the next three months.

Mr Whelan said the council will “absolutely” consider as many options as possible, including a one-way system and a resident’s parking scheme.

“It would be sensible to make Harrison Road one-way. The option to make it less of a rat run is there,” Mr Whelan said.

Harrison Road frequently has cars parked on either side of the road, making getting through difficult for drivers.

In March 2016, residents in the road were given the opportunity to comment on the need for some control on pavement parking, and 88 per cent of respondents agreed a form of control was needed.

Calls were made for a residents’ parking zone to be put in place, as well as a petition to make Harrison Road a one-way street.

Mr Whelan said there are “a few selfish people who don’t leave space”, but warned against “banning pavement parking completely.”

Coun Ross Willmott, the chair of the meeting, was asked for the councillors’ intentions regarding the many businesses in Harrison Road, which can cause congestion at peak times.

He accepted that “a lot of people are quite angry”, but said the councillors are “constrained” in what they can do to assist the matter.

Council officers are now drawing up proposals for a controlled pavement parking scheme, which residents will soon have the ability to comment on.

After “extensive consultation”, ward councillors will move forward with the plans.

Coun Willmott said the scheme will be “the first in Leicester.”

Mr Whelan said that while a dedicated parking zone could be beneficial to some, they “are not always accepted by everybody.”

He added: “The plan has to be something a good majority of residents accept.”

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