New scheme to stop commuters parking for free begins today

A new experimental commuter parking scheme is due to start in Clarendon Park on today to stop drivers parking in the area all day for free.

The residential streets around Clarendon Park are regularly used by commuters, who walk into the city centre – which is only 20 minutes to half an hour away on foot.

It is also near to a number of business premises in Queens Road and Welford Road.

Previous schemes have been tried in the area, but this new parking scheme means that non-residents will not be allowed to park in the area between 9.30am and 10.30am on weekdays.

The council says it hopes the scheme will stop commuters parking all day, but will have less impact on nearby businesses, by still allowing customers to park.

Leicester City Council says the scheme will focus on the streets immediately adjacent to Queens Road, which contain around 530 parking spaces.

Queens Road, Clarendon Park during Leicester Lockdown
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So far around 400 residents’ applications have been received, as well as 36 business applications.

The measures are experimental, which means council officers can adjust them to meet local needs, or stopping the scheme altogether if residents felt it was not working.

Discussions with local ward councillors and businesses about how such as scheme would work have been taking place over the last few months, according to the council.

Leicester assistant city mayor for policy, delivery and communications, Coun. Danny Myers, said: “This experimental scheme is designed to help resolve that, by preventing people from parking all day. Drivers who are unable to return to their cars to move them between 9.30am and 10.30am, are unlikely to park there in the first place.

“That means those spaces remain available for local shoppers, residents and other visitors coming into the area.”

Coun. Kitterick added: “By focusing on the streets immediately adjacent to the Queens Road shopping area, we are specifically targeting commuter parking, and trying to keep to a minimum the impact on genuine residents, shoppers and other visitors throughout the day.

“People who just use the area as a free car park in order to commute to other parts of the city aren’t bringing any benefit into that neighbourhood. This scheme will help local businesses and resident by keeping more spaces free for people who need them.”

The experimental traffic order will include Cradock Road, Oxford Street, Edward Road, Montague Road, Seymour Road, Cecilia Road, West Avenue, Central Avenue, East Avenue, North Avenue and Orlando Road, as well as parts of St Leonards Road, Howard Road and The Avenue.

Properties on Queens Road and the northern side of Clarendon Park Road that are adjacent to the scheme area will also be able to apply for permits, although Queens Road and Clarendon Park Road will not be subject to the new parking restrictions.

Residents and businesses will be able to give their views on the experimental traffic order throughout the trial period, which runs from February 1 to August 31, 2021.

The scheme can then either be ended, continued, modified or even extended to streets which express an interest in joining the experiment.

Permits will be available to residential and business properties in the area, and people won’t be charged for permits during the trial period. Provision will be made for essential visitors such as carers, as well as Blue Badge holders.

More details of the scheme, including eligibility and how to apply for a permit, are available here: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/parking-in-leicester/get-a-parking-permit/clarendon-park-experimental-scheme/

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