Work has begun on the latest schemes to create much-needed additional parking spaces in neighbourhoods across Leicester.
The rolling programme of local environmental works is being carried out by Leicester City Council and will see scores of new parking areas in communities where parking is at a premium.
Its plan is to make alterations to existing parking bays and verges, as well as improving existing hard surface areas in some places.
Similar work carried out over the past two years has seen over £1 million invested in creating 150 new spaces and parking areas in 19 neighbourhoods.
Leicester’s assistant city mayor for neighbourhoods, Councillor Kirk Master, said: “This is part of ongoing work in communities across the city, where parking continues to be a major issue for residents.
“In many cases, streets which were designed decades ago can’t handle the much higher number of vehicles which we see today.”
The latest programme of work started on Monday and involves three parking areas which will provide 11 spaces in Kirkwall Crescent, Thurnby Lodge, at a cost of £100,000.
Work will start in New Romney Close, Scraptoft, next Monday on a new 10-space parking area costing £65,000.
On the same date, a new five-space lay-by will be built in Braunstone Avenue, Braunstone, costing £27,500 – while in Stoughton Street, Highfields, a new 15-space parking area costing £75,000 will get underway.
Coun Master said: “In some cases, the solution involves making improvements to existing car parking bays, or adapting hard standing areas into new parking spaces, while at other locations we have to start from scratch and create something new.
“In each instance we’re working closely with local ward councillors to look at what can be done and trying our best to find answers which meet the needs of local residents.”
At each site, the works will take between two and six weeks to complete, depending on the amount of work involved, and will total over £267,000.
Further stages of work are planned for early 2021, including creating a five-space parking area a Apollo Court, in Highfields, at a cost of £45,000.
In the city’s Western ward, work will be carried out to create five new parking spaces at Wood End, Dane Hills, thanks to a £32,000 investment, along with three new spaces in nearby Withen Close (£13,000).
Four new spaces will also be built in Thornholme Close, Beaumont Leys, costing £27,000, and three new spaces across two sites in Mossgate, Dane Hills, totalling £32,000.
Alterations will be made to the bay markings at an existing parking area in Butterwick Drive, Beaumont Leys, to create four new parking spaces.
Further works are also in the pipeline as part of the programme.
A city council spokesman said: “Proposed schemes which are still awaiting formal planning permission include the creation of a 10-space parking area at Gees Lock Close, in Aylestone, costing around £80,000, and in North Evington, where there are plans for 12 new parking spaces, costing £75,000, at a scheme in Farnham Street, Spinney Hills.
“The schemes focus on residential areas and housing developments where there isn’t sufficient parking, and where concerns over parking issues have been raised locally.”
He added: “In total, the work being carried out this year and the planned schemes for early 2021 will see an investment of over £500,000 in improving neighbourhood parking.”
Funding for the schemes is coming from a combination of highways budgets and housing budgets.