Council building picture of parking in towns

Council building picture of parking in towns
A report being considered by the county council’s Cabinet next week looks at how traffic will be managed in county towns in the light of increasing traffic levels.

Since 2008, traffic levels in county towns have increased year-on-year as the area’s population continues to grow.

The council is aware of the impact on road users, residents and businesses in terms of congestion as well as air quality and noise pollution concerns.

So, as part of its day-to-day work to manage traffic, the council is looking at the effectiveness of current traffic management in the towns, including double yellow line restrictions, residents’ permits and limited waiting times.

However, the Cabinet report says the council is not considering the introduction of on-street parking charges.

Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “We know our towns are impacted by the volumes of traffic they experience and this work will look at how we best minimise that impact

“We want to support our towns and we’re aware of the uncertainty around the High Street environment.  While we looked at the implications of introducing parking charges, we won’t be bringing forward these proposals.”

The focus for the impact assessment is on Ashby, Castle Donington, Coalville, Hinckley (including Barwell and Earl Shilton), Loughborough, Lutterworth, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray and Oadby & Wigston.

Cabinet members will be asked to approve the continued use of parking reviews and for new schemes identified to be progressed.

The council’s cabinet will discuss the report at a meeting on Tuesday, 12th June – tune in and watch online at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast