Free parking bays in Narborough car parks have been approved by Blaby District Council after Councillors agreed new parking plans.
Two free twenty-minute spaces in Leicester Road and one twenty-minute space in the Narborough Station car park will be introduced from September, following feedback from residents and local businesses.
The changes are part of a number of amendments to car parks in the district that were given the go ahead following a Full Council meeting on Tuesday. These include:
Increasing the maximum time to park at Leicester Road car park from two to three hours
Making the Grange Car Park in Narborough residents only, with a view to the Grange becoming residential properties
Parking restrictions for staff and visitors in the Council’s office car parks
Seven car parks will also be removed from the Council’s Car Park Order following the transfer to Parish Councils in Countesthorpe, Stoney Stanton, Croft, Enderby and Whetstone. A transfer in Kirby Muxloe is also underway.
In Glenfield, the introduction of charges at Stamford Street and Station Road car parks, starting at 30p for two hours will come into force in September in line with the charges in Blaby and Narborough. Free twenty-minute parking bays will be available in each car park.
The Council has been looking to transfer both Glenfield car parks to other parties, including the Parish Council and the local school. Negotiations are also ongoing with an interested party for the sale of the car parks. If an agreement is not reached by the autumn the charges will be introduced.
Councillor Sharon Coe, Portfolio Holder for Health, Wellbeing and Regulatory Services, said: “Since charges were amended in Narborough in 2017 we have listened to residents and spoken to businesses to make sure that our car parks can be sustainable financially for both the Council and car park users.
“Car parks are an important part of our villages and for local residents and businesses. We are continuing to ensure car parks become a cost neutral service so the taxpayer will no longer face the burden to run this service.”
A consultation will begin on Friday 28 June with the information available on the Consultations page of the BDC website.