We are asking businesses on Braunstone Gate to give their opinion on the fact that Leicester City Council will be pedestrianising the road in which they operate without any consultation.
The plan from the Council is:
Braunstone Gate will see a pop-up “Mini Holland” – a scheme creating public space which gives more priority to cycles and pedestrians, by limiting vehicle access and closing the road to unnecessary traffic, and also creating wider pavement areas to help visitors to shops, bars and cafes maintain social distancing as businesses start to reopen.
It includes restricting access from Duns Lane and New Park Street into Braunstone Gate to buses, taxis and cycles only, and also removing the left turn from Western Boulevard into Braunstone Gate except for cycles.
Traffic flow coming from the Narborough Road end will also have to give way to oncoming traffic traveling south. The work, which is being done on an experimental basis, is designed to reduce through traffic flow in the area. An advisory 20mph zone is also being introduced in the area.
On-street parking on Braunstone Gate itself will also be removed, with the extra space used to make pavements wider. Businesses will also be able to apply for street cafe licenses and outside seating areas.