Parking permits are reconsidered
People living in streets plagued by parking problems are to get a second say on having residents' bays.
Problems in the West End's residential streets have been getting worse for years as more commuters park outside homes to save on paying to park in the city centre.
Two years ago, residents' bays were introduced on streets to the east side of Narborough Road, but people on the west side narrowly voted against having their own scheme.
Upperton Road Area Residents' Association has now set up an online petition which already has about 250 signatures on it calling for the scheme to be extended.
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A spokesperson said: "From the start we were keen to have the scheme extended. Parking has always been bad, particularly on match days, but it has certainly worsened over recent months.
"Our petition shows the high level of support for an extension, and how widespread the problem is across the west side of Narborough Road. The council has ironed out the teething problems of residents' parking, so rolling it out to the west side would not only be very welcome, but also less problematic than for the east side."
Leicester City Council's assistant mayor, Sarah Russell, who is also a ward councillor, said that despite the earlier vote, the council would hold a new consultation on whether to introduce a parking permit scheme in the area.
She said: "The west side did narrowly vote against residents' parking and normally we'd say that was that, but people who voted against residents parking do want it now that they're dealing with the effects of the overspill."
Residents in Cranmer Street, Ridley Street, Latimer Street and other roads a short distance from the city centre are bearing the brunt of the extra commuter parking.
Residents were mostly in favour of something being done. Anne Wills, 43, who lives in Latimer Street, said: "It's atrocious here.
"People can't park anywhere around here during the day and it's a problem that grows as more people get cars.
"It's people who park here to go to work or to college.
"It's causing a lot of problems for a lot of people."
Delwinder Singh, who works at a clothing factory on the street, said: "We often have to park on other streets and sometimes was from five minutes away.
"It's got a lot worse in the past couple of years."
Daria Adamczyk, 37, who lives in Cranmer Street, said: "I have a lot of problems with parking and it just gets worse."
One motorist who parks in Latimer Street every day and walks to work said: "I've been parking here for 11 years and if you come before 8am it's never a problem finding a space because a lot of the residents don't have cars."