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Leckhampton benefits from Highways Local funding


Gloucestershire County Council has painted parking bays onto Church Road in Leckhampton to help stop parking on the pavements and make it safer for pedestrians.

Highways funding of £22,500 is given to each county councillor each year to spend on improving roads in their area. In this case local county councillor Iain Dobie is behind the work to install new parking bays which will encourage people to park on the road and allow other motorists to stop and give way.

Last year residents came forward to raise their concerns that the road was too narrow to handle the amount of traffic using it each day.

Some residents had seen damage to their cars, in particular wing mirrors being hit by passing traffic. In turn some residents had been parking on the pavement to avoid the risk of getting hit; however, this made it difficult for pedestrians and wheelchairs to get past.

The new road markings bring a traffic calming effect on the road which runs past Leckhampton Primary School.

Cllr Iain Dobie, local county councillor for Leckhampton and Warden Hill said, "It's great to see this work has now been done. When residents got in touch with their worries about parking and safety on Church Road I knew I had to take action and sort it out with money from my Highways Local budget."

Local resident Angela Boyes said, "I am delighted that Cllr Iain Dobie listened to our concerns and has taken action to allow residents to park more confidently on the road without needing to block the pavement anymore. The traffic calming effect is also noticeable".

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways added, "It's great to see another Highways Local scheme completed. Local councillors know what the priorities are for their areas and I'm sure these new parking bays are going to make a real difference along Church Road."

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