Parking improvement plan 2016-19

Closed 30 Sep 2016

Opened 10 Aug 2016

Feedback Updated 20 Sep 2017

We Asked

We asked how important our objectives for improving parking over the next three years are to you. We also asked for your comments on the actions outlined in the plan, and for you to tell us about anything missing from our proposals that should be addressed.


You Said

The online consultation had 239 respondents.

The objectives that the highest number of people said were ‘quite’ or ‘very important’ and therefore should be prioritised were:

Improving traffic flow (92%)

Improving air quality (88%)

People noted the link between traffic congestion and air quality and said we needed to explain more clearly how our plans would tackle air pollution. Suggestions for solving congestion were very varied but the overall sentiment favoured improving public transport services, encouraging alternative means of travel around the city such as cycling, and improving congestion hotspots in the road system. We needed to say more about these things in our plans.

Improving safety around schools (87%)

Clearer parking restrictions (83%)

Stronger enforcement of parking restrictions (82%)

In many comments people cited the nuisance or danger to other road users and pedestrians caused by inconsiderate parking as very good reasons for making parking rules clearer and enforcing them more widely. Discouraging illegal and dangerous parking around schools was often mentioned, as was the importance of helping parents and pupils choose safe and healthy ways to travel to school.

Improving parking availability for business, leisure and shopping in city neighbourhoods (77%)

Improving car parking in the city centre received a mixed response, (66% against 31% who said it wasn’t important or had no opinion). The most frequent comments were that parking prices should be reduced, and that parking for residents and shoppers in city neighbourhoods should be improved.

Improving customer services, our online information and improving city car parks were all lower priorities. Most comments were about offering more modern payment methods.

We Did

We reviewed our proposed actions in light of the results of the survey. We are dealing with the current day-to-day issues around parking, and we're also ensuring our actions support the Council’s wider plans to improve air quality and build in sustainability for the future.

We have updated our action plan and we have produced a short report to illustrate some of the works we are carrying out.

Results Updated 20 Sep 2017

Our consultation showed that that our work programme to reduce congestion and improve safety around the city has a high level of public support.

In particular, enforcement of all illegal parking and stopping, including blocking pavements and traffic lanes, is strongly supported by the public, especially around schools.

Many people told us about parking issues in their own streets, so we aim to improve parking for residents where they’ve asked for it.

Our Parking Improvement Report describes the priority work programmes we are carrying out. 



We all share the limited space in our road network and around our neighbourhoods, and we need to park our vehicles with consideration for others and our environment. We depend on well thought-out management of parking for our safety and quality of life.

The parking improvement action plan is being developed to take forward a range of actions to improve Leicester’s parking services, infrastructure and management over the next three years.

Why We Are Consulting

We want to ensure parking services, parking enforcement and our infrastructure meet the needs of the people who live, work and visit Leicester. Our future plans should address matters of concern to the public.

The majority of the action plan will be funded, as in previous years, through parking income such as car park and on-street parking charges and parking fines. Specific infrastructure improvements will be funded through our capital programme of works. We want to consider the views of everyone this plan affects and ensure we use our income to do things people need and want.

Before completing our survey we recommend you read our consultation document which outlines our parking improvement plans in some detail.

What Happens Next

We will consider everyone's comments to finalise the plan. Then we will approve the parking strategy and publish the final plan.


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