Massive traffic jams congest Jarrom Street for hours

By Ben Sanderson

Hospital patients are having to queue for long periods of time due to frequent lengthy traffic jams delaying them getting into the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) car park.

On Tuesday, at about 3.30pm, Mrs Robertson, who runs the Sir Robert Peel pub in Jarrom Street, watching from her window, said: “The queue has been there since half-seven.”

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Frustrating – the traffic jam on Tuesday at about 2pm

Traffic clogging up Jarrom Street, which leads to Infirmary Close, where the LRI is, often stretches back to Welford Road and Oxford Street, on the fringes of the city centre, leaving it crammed with cars for hours.

Many of these are cars of hospital patients going to appointments.

Mrs Robertson said: “Jarrom Street is the main in-and-out area between places in Leicester, like the prison and the hospital.”

One annoyed car passenger waiting in Tuesday’s jam said: “We’ve been waiting from Welford Road for about half an hour.

“I come here every fortnight for appointments and this regularly happens.

“It raises my stress levels and my blood pressure.”

She added: “I hope they don’t enlarge the hospital. They say they are building a maternity unit and a children’s hospital.”

She was referring to the LRI’s plans, detailed on its NHS trust’s website, to seek investment to build additional facilities for the hospital, including a maternity unit and dedicated children’s hospital, as well as additional parking.

She added: “I pity the people on the sidewalk who breathe in all the carbon dioxide.”

Some said the root cause of the traffic seems to be problematic entrance barriers which struggle to decide whether there is enough space in the car park to let other vehicles in.

Another car’s passenger said: “The machine always says the car park is full but there are always loads of spaces.

“It can sometimes take an hour to get in because people won’t let you out or in, and you can only get in one way.”

She added: “The machine which says there are no spaces could be fixed.”

The main times the queue builds up are from 9am to the “back end of 11”, according to Mrs Robertson, who said they then die down a bit until visiting hours from 2 to 3.30pm. On Tuesday, however, she said the jam was “non-stop.”

The queues have been a regular sight for a long time now on Jarrom Street.

Mrs Robertson explained: “When the barriers are not working [and open], the traffic flows.

“When it is working and charging cars, the car park only lets one car in and one car out at a time.

“The queue builds up and then there is no space.”

Mrs Robertson said the jams also disrupt deliveries to the pub, with one delivery having been postponed for a week until Tuesday, with sensitive deliveries such as coal blocking the road.

“Due to what they’re handling, they need to be next to the pub, so they have to block traffic for about ten minutes,” she explained.

Worst of all, she fears the problems for Jarrom Street may only get worse.

“There are flats being built on Deacon Street as well,” she said, “so there are construction lorries in the morning, and in the New Year, Sherwin Kitchens is going to close and they’re going to build 158 flats on the site.”

She fears the construction traffic, and eventually the cars of the flats’ tenants, are going to clog up Jarrom Street even more.

In an interview with the Leicester Mercury, Director of Strategies for the University Hospitals of Leicester, Mark Wightman, recently said the planned expansion of the Leicester Royal Infirmary would, among other things, “decongest the Leicester Royal Infirmary.”

 

VIDEO: De Montfort University urges students to register to vote

By Emily Barker

Academic officers from De Montfort Students’ Union in Leicester are urging students to register to vote for the upcoming general election this December.

21-year-old Kate Askew, the Union’s Development Executive explains below why it is important for students to register to vote.

She also said: “We had a really big push on getting students to register to vote this year.

“We held a lot of events, and we printed around 1000 register to vote stickers to give out to people.

“We also put up loads and loads of QR codes around campus so when people scan them it’ll take them straight to the page where they can then register to vote.

“Last Thursday (NOV21), we held an event complete with laptops allowing students to register to vote then and there, and free hot drinks.

“We heavily pushed registering to vote on our social media accounts, explaining the different deadlines, like the postal vote deadline and the proxy vote deadline, as they’re all slightly different.

“The societies here at De Montfort University videoed themselves saying register to vote, DMU Acapella sang it.”

The deadline to register to vote in person in the upcoming election is 11.59pm today (NOV26), the proxy vote deadline is Wednesday, December 4, and you can do so here, but the postal vote deadline has passed.

If you have not registered to vote, you can do so via the link below. Or you can use the link to check the electoral register and see if you are successfully registered to vote https://www.registertovote.service.gov.uk/register-to-vote/already-registered?src=schema.

Give It A Go initiative launched to engage more DMU Students

By Luke Williamson

De Montfort University’s Students’ Union launched its new initiative, Give It A Go, today (TuesNOV26) to give students more opportunities to get involved with a variety of activities.

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The programme aims to provide a platform for all students at DMU to experience new things, with the launch taking place in the SU building throughout the day.

Sophie Connors, who helped co-ordinate the event, said: “We want to promote new initiatives to help get students more familiar with things at their university.

“Give It A Go was launched to engage students in activities without tying them down to societies or sports clubs for examples.

“It gives them a go to become who they are.”

The programme has been very busy already, organising visits around the city for events such as Diwali and Bonfire Night and the organising team are looking to take people around showing students what history their city has.

Sophie added: “We want to introduce students to societies before they decide to join them or not.

“We also have a branch called Enhancement where we offer opportunities for students to attend CV workshops, for example.”

Another aspect of the Enhancement branch is familiarising students with the advice services at the SU, and to make students more comfortable with using the services for a wide range of topics.

Democracy is another branch of the Give It A Go initiative, which will look at a selection of democratic events, including Student Council and student representative elections to the General Election.

The programme also offers opportunities for volunteering which can be tried out before by students to see if they like what they are doing.

Sophie said: “We try and vary what students can do because some have just two hours of lessons a week but others will not have that much time.

“We want to show students what this represents and we hope we can feed them into the projects we have on offer.”

More information can be found at www.demontfortsu.com/GiveItAGo or in leaflets and posters around the Students’ Union building.

Rugby players get funds growing for Movember

by Abigail Beresford

The DMU Rugby team have been fundraising for Movember throughout November.

Movember is an event in which aims to raise awareness of men’s mental health issues – such as anxiety and suicide – as well as prostate and testicular cancer. Men are often encouraged to grow a moustache in order to raise awareness of the event.

Members of the team have been fundraising on campus, by holding charity buckets, and encouraging students to donate any loose change they may have to spare.

“We have just gone past the £2,000 mark, which is amazing” said Rhys Coker, a first year Business Management and Law student.

DMURFC fundraised for the charity last year, raising an outstanding £2,409.

“The aim for this year is to raise £3,000,” Rhys added.

“We have also been encouraged to set up our own donating pages, so that our families, friends, and flatmates can donate to the cause. I promoted the page in my group chat with flatmates and friends, where they’ve said they’ll donate.”

The rugby team also worked alongside the football team to promote a charity darts match. Tickets were sold for £5 and the event was held at the Students’ Union on Saturday (NOV23) evening. The team promoted this event before the start of November, as it was expected to be a popular event.

The team are aiming to raise £3,000, in order to beat their previous total from last year.

Anyone who is willing to donate can visit: https://moteam.co/dmu-rufc?mc=1

Students disturbed by roadworks unhappy about noise

By George Peter Boyd

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Students studying for end of term exams are frustrated at disruption caused by roadworks outside their flats in Leicester city centre.

Roadworks between Newarke Street and Oxford Street are being carried out to improve an existing crossing opposite the De Montfort University campus.

Residents of a student accommodation block next to the works received a letter from the council three days before the works were due to commence on Monday, November 4.

In the letter, the council stated: “The works entail the widening of the crossing between Newarke Street and The Newarke/DMU. They are programmed to commence on Monday 4thNovember 2019 and take approximately 4 weeks to complete.”

Law student Alice, whose bedroom window in the neighbouring Glassworks accommodation block overlooks the roadworks, said: “The work impacts my ability to study and relax in peace; I have enough stress from uni but now there’s this. I have exams coming up, how am I supposed to study for them?”

According to the council’s letter, work such as the use of masonry saws and excavation are permitted up until 11pm under the advice of the council’s noise control team.

Whilst the roadworks are being carried out by contractors Dyer and Butler, a section of Newarke Street has been reduced from three lanes down to two which has been causing traffic issues in the area.

While there are measures in place to ensure pedestrian access is maintained at all times, the high volume of students that use the crossing to get to the campus may cause issues at peak times.

Alice added: “I feel like 11pm is too late for the work to go up to. When you have a 9am lecture you really just want to sleep without being disturbed. They say the work will take around 4 weeks to do, but there’s really no clarity on when exactly it’ll finish.”