A second chance for parking bays
People living in streets plagued by parking problems are being consulted again about introducing residents' parking bays.
Leicester City Council is this week sending out letters to all houses on the west side of Narborough Road, in the West End area of the city.
Problems in the West End's residential streets have been getting worse for years as more commuters park there to save on paying 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.
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Now, some residents living on the west side are pressing to have another chance to consider parking bays.
Upperton Road Area Residents' Association organised an online petition, which amassed 247 signatures, calling for the scheme to be extended.
Assistant city mayor Sarah Russell, who is also a ward councillor for the area, said, despite the earlier vote, the council had agreed to hold a new consultation.
She said: "The west side did vote against residents' parking and normally we'd say that was that, but people who voted against it then, want it now.
"We have received a series of petitions, such as the one from the Upperton Road Residents' Association, and they clearly show a new consultation is the way forward.
"Letters are being sent out this week and we want people to let us know what they want to happen."
Coun Russell said letters were being delivered to all households between Hinckley Road and Westleigh Road, and the streets between Narborough Road and Fosse Road South.
Marcus Cooke, 42, of Upperton Road, said: "I know from speaking to people here that most of them want to have residents' parking introduced.
"Sometimes I have had to park four streets away from my house."
Terry Gray, 42, of Bruce Street, said: "It has got so bad we have to plan our life around the fixture lists of Leicester City and the Tigers.
"If they are home we just can't go out. It is crazy.
"We hope the consultation will show the majority of people want the residents' parking restrictions and they are introduced."
The consultation process ends on March 29.