Plans to combat the problems of parents parking outside schools and to speed up pothole repairs across the county will be discussed today (Wednesday, 13 September).
Leicestershire County Council will consider allocating an additional £700,000 of one-off funding to the two schemes.
Plans are being drawn up which would involve making more zig zag zones outside schools enforceable across the county to address concerns that parents, residents and teachers have about parking. This could include the use of camera enforcement which would lead to greater safety outside schools.
We work closely with schools and colleges to improve issues around on street parking, pedestrian and pupil safety.
“We are aware of residents’ and parents’ concerns about the level of inappropriate parking that takes place outside schools across the county. Ideally the schools and local communities work together to encourage parents to park appropriately on the school run and we continue to provide help and guidance on school travel plans to help tackle the problem.
“However, this is not always successful. If the funding is approved more legally enforceable zig zag zones could go some way to alleviating these issues.Person:Blake Pain, cabinet member for highways
The one-off fund would also be used to allow potholes on the county’s roads that have been reported by motorists and residents to be repaired quicker than previously.
The county council will trial a new system which aims to see customer reported potholes repaired within two weeks.
Leicestershire has some of the best roads in the country and the highways and transport service was the highest rated county council for road condition in the National Highways and Transport Network Public Satisfaction survey last year. The authority reduced the number of potholes from 8,478 in 2012 to 5,220 in 2015 – a 38 per cent decrease – which is likely to have contributed to the high public satisfaction levels.
Despite this, the forthcoming winter and current budget pressures could take its toll on keeping the roads maintained.
Councillor Pain added: “Thanks to a series of improvements, fewer potholes are forming on the county’s roads and we’re dealing with them more quickly.
“While we can never prevent all potholes from forming, we’re determined to tackle them more effectively.”
The proposal will be discussed by the council's scrutiny commission today, and by cabinet when it meets at 11am on Friday, 15 September.
Both meetings will be webcast, live, at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/webcast - with a recording available from the following day.