Based on information posted at leicester.gov.uk/goldenmile from 20 October, a simple survey asked people to comment on information on ideas for transforming Belgrave Road. The electronic survey went live on 27 October and closed on 24th. November.
People were asked to comment on road layouts, traffic levels, security, landscaping, signage etc. and were asked to offer their own ideas for improvement.
Four public consultation sessions were held in the Belgrave area. Every household in the Belgrave/Latimer wards was leafleted and the events were publicised online and through social media. Shops along the Golden Mile were also leafleted and were given posters to display. Other meetings were held with local stakeholder groups.
A film was produced on the issues in the area which was watched on ‘You Tube’ 300 times and generated several comments.
Information on the website was viewed 289 times. Over 100 businesses were represented at a consultation event at the Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre and the other three meetings saw an attendance of over 50 residents at each meeting.
The ideas of shared space and the public meetings received coverage in the loc
Responses were received via on-line, paper sources and email along with comments submitted via a petition.
Majority of respondents were people regularly visiting the area
Slower traffic speeds, wider pavements, improved car parking, Landscaping and signage were the most popular areas to improve
24% (22) strongly agreed with the Shared Space concept and 36% (32) Strongly disagreed
Tree planting/landscaping, wider pavements, removal of traffic lights were most popular suggestions although each received some favourable response
Concern was expressed by disability & access groups over how a potential design could be made safe people who considered 19% (17 people) considered themselves to have a disability
Concern was also expressed over the reduction in lanes and what impact this would have on traffic volumes and congestion
At the Golden Mile Regeneration Group meeting held on 26th November, the results were considered and it was agreed that a working group would be formed comprising resident and business representatives to work with city council officers to take consultation forward to the next stage.
The group will come up with the following by the end of March:
1. Identify options and short-list schemes that could be worked up into designs
2. To gain consensus on the preferred scheme
3. To bring option(s) to the next Golden Mile Regeneration meeting, scheduled for 25 March.
During this time there will be more consultation with residents, businesses and stakeholder groups.
The scope of the project will also be considered in terms of the length of the Golden Mile being considered as part of any scheme i.e. Belgrave Circle to Melton Road inclusive or just to the end of Belgrave Road, as originally discussed.
A workshop will take place at City Hall at the end of January / early February