We asked which length of demolition period Leicester residents and business owners would prefer during the removal of the Belgrave flyover – The long option taking fourteen weeks, or the short option taking nine. Those placing a vote were encouraged to consider issues of noise and disruption, the timing of the proposed methods, as well as inconvenience.
We explained the two methods on our website, at a series of public meetings and stakeholder 1:1 briefings, and we also distributed 8,000 leaflets to businesses and residents across the city. We provided a freepost service to allow people to submit postal votes.
969 votes were received (653 online & 316 leaflets), 655 chose the short option (68%) and 314 were for the long option (32%), this is a majority of 341 in favour of the short option.
The results were announced on 31 January by the city mayor and Keith Vaz MP with a further opportunity for press, businesses, and the public to ask further questions on the specifics of the demolition method chosen. The short option demolition will commence on 15 February and will be launched by a local couple drawn from those who responded to the consultation.
Belgrave Road flyover is located at Belgrave Circle roundabout at the start of Belgrave Road.
The flyover connects Belgrave Road and Belgrave Gate, crossing the Belgrave Circle roundabout north to south. Abbey Park Road and Dysart Way are also accessed from the roundabout east to west.
The full scheme involves the demolition of Belgrave flyover, changes and improvements to Belgrave Circle highway arrangements and infrastructure and the creation of a new 78 space car park for shoppers.
The demolition of the flyover is the first phase of the project and the work is being carried out by Sainbsury’s contractors, Longcross Construction and AR Demolition.
We would like the public's opinion on which demolition method to choose.
Why We Are Consulting
There are two options for demolishing the flyover.
Both options involve road closures, traffic diversions and works up until midnight.
The short option favours getting the work done more quickly, but with a more significant impact on traffic, whereas the long option favours minimising traffic impact but requires noisy work up to midnight every day for the duration of the works.
The short programme option proposes to demolish the flyover in three large sections over a total period of nine weeks (two months).
The long programme option proposes to demolish the flyover in 10 individual sections in sequence over a period of 14 weeks (3½ months).
What Happens Next
Once all the responses have been collected and read through, a decision will be made on whether to choose option one or two.
The result will be communicated at a public meeting on Friday 31 January at Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre and will also be available on the Leicester City Council website and communicated through local press.
There will also be a display at Belgrave with more information and a chance to ask questions.