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Old November 6th, 2007, 03:34 AM   #101
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Haha..

Seriously though, I don't think the council will allow the mess to stay how it is - this whole streets and spaces scheme has been advertised all over the place and it'd do them serious damage not to sort the problems out. It's their mistake, they should learn to take responsibility over it, and also make an announcement to the public who paid for the sodding thing in the first place.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 07:16 PM   #102
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CHRISTMAS COVER-UP FOR CITY'S ROADWORKS
BY TOM MACK

10:30 - 12 November 2007

Leicester's dug up roads and pathways won't be finished in time for Christmas - but they will at least be covered over to make life easier for shoppers.

As part of its re-paving project, Leicester City Council has put up a maze of fencing around the top of Gallowtree Gate and another large, closed off area beside the Clock Tower.

Other works are taking place in High Street, Humberstone Gate and Horsefair Street.

However, as traders prepare for what is predicted to be a tough trading year, the council has decided to temporarily cover the dug-up streets and suspend all its roadworks projects, with the exception of the part of High Street close to St Nicholas Circle.

A city council spokesman said: "The Christmas roadworks moratorium will halt all non-essential work across the city from December 1 until the end of the first week of January.

"This year it includes all work at the Clock Tower, Horsefair Street and the Market Place approach in the city centre.

"These areas will be given temporary surfacing to make them usable over the Christmas period.

"The moratorium also applies to all traffic-sensitive streets.

"The only exceptions to this are in areas where we have agreed for work to continue, which include the western end of High Street and Carts Lane, and we will be working with businesses there to keep disruption to a minimum."

Retailers said they were already worried that this Christmas would be worse than last year. With massive personal debt and high interest rates, people are spending less.

Martin Traynor, managing director of Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, said: "There's an element of concern at the moment now interest rates are higher and people look to the future.

"Last year was a very good year for shopping, but I think we're now going to see a slowdown in retail spend.

"The problem is the economic recovery has been based on spending but debt is now more than £1 trillion in the UK, and we're talking serious money."

Mr Traynor said the drop in spending meant the city had to fight harder than ever to ensure people did Christmas shopping locally, as well as to attract shoppers from elsewhere.

He said: "There's only a certain amount of money going around in the economy so we have to promote the city to get as much as possible."

Shoppers today welcomed the moratorium. Lauren Miller, 18, who lives in central Leicester, said: "There's been a lot of hassle caused by roadworks."

As well as getting rid of roadworks, Leicester City Council is to make parking free after 6pm in 2,000 spaces in the run up to Christmas.
I love walking over wobbly boards, especially whilst Christmas shopping!
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Old November 16th, 2007, 10:49 PM   #103
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From yesterday's Mercury,

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BY JENNY CORNISH
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10:30 - 15 November 2007

An £80,000 street scrubber is finally on its way and will be cleaning pavements in time for Christmas.

The machine will restore the polish to granite paving stones laid as part of the revamp of Leicester city centre.

It was promised in May but had to be made to order in Germany and is now due to arrive at the beginning of December.

Shoppers and businesses have complained about the state of the paving slabs.

Andrew Bingham, who has an office in Halford Street, said: "The stones are all stained, they don't look nice. There's gum and all manner of muck."

James Barrie, from Leicester, wrote to the Mercury to complain about the state of the paved areas.

He said: "A walk down Gallowtree Gate is not a pleasant experience - dirty, stained paving slabs, ugly, uncomfortable granite bench seats, not a blade of grass or a tree in sight and not a scrap of cover from the elements."

A council spokesman said: "The washer is on order from a specialist supplier and we expect to take delivery of it in early December.

"It will be used as part of our ongoing efforts to improve the cleanliness of the city centre and surrounding areas.

"Our cleaner city team will also be working hard to keep the area clean before the many visitors expected over the Christmas period."

After the granite slabs were laid last year they were coated with a sealant to make them easier to wash.

However, normal cleaning machines would be too abrasive and would scratch the slabs.

The machine will clean them without damaging the granite.

Officers had requested two machines but only one has been bought initially, to see how well it works.

When scrubbing, the machine travels at less than one mile per hour.

In Nottingham, the city council has used a similar street scrubber daily since paving a main square with granite.

Last month, Leicester City Council launched a separate, £200,000 scheme to clean the streets.

Twelve workers have been employed to tackle roads and pavements with mops, brushes and sponges.

The council said they would be more effective than mechanical sweepers, which will still be used at the start and end of each day.

The £1.1 million Gallowtree Gate repaving scheme used about 15,000 granite slabs in shades of mid-grey, dark-grey and pink.

It was the first scheme to be completed as part of the city council's Streets and Spaces programme - a £19 million project that will transform the city's main shopping streets by 2008.

Lights, granite benches and litter bins were also installed.
Leicester Mercury, 15th November, 2007
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Old November 17th, 2007, 05:36 PM   #104
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leicester council just get there ideas from nottingham council, why cant we lead the way for once


oh yeah, il say it again

gallowtree gate roadworks versus upperton road roadworks, u decide
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Old November 26th, 2007, 12:37 PM   #105
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Granby Street update from Mercury:

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BY JENNY CORNISH
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10:30 - 22 November 2007

One of the city's main streets is set to be transformed in the New Year.

Granby Street will be repaved, the pavements widened, new seating installed and trees planted as part of the scheme.

The project aims to extend the regeneration of the city centre towards the railway station.

The refurbishment is part of the city council's £19 million plan to transform most of Leicester's main shopping streets by 2008.

Andy Thomas, the council's head of city centre development, said: "This will form the first gateway from the railway station into the city centre.

"We will be working between the junction of Belvoir Street and Gallowtree Gate.

"Before we start, we need to talk to the police and other emergency services to see how they would deal with any road closures that may be necessary.

"We're going to talk to them and we're going to talk to local businesses."

The council aims to create a "simple, elegant and uncluttered streetscape with widened pavements."

There will also be a contra-flow cycle lane as part of the plans, along with new seating similar to that in Gallowtree Gate.

The council is also drawing up plans to improve Belvoir Street and King Street.

These are likely to be ready for public consultation by January or February next year.

Mr Thomas said: "What we've been asked to do is to look at how best to make the street pedestrian-friendly, to encourage restaurants, both for families and also to offer quite a clear route in the evenings for people to walk through the city."

Gallowtree Gate was the first street to be completed under the programme of improvements, and work on Market Street has also finished.

Work to transform High Street, the Clock Tower and Market Place Approach is under way.

These roadworks are set to be put on hold over the Christmas period to give people easy access to the shops.

The streets which have been dug up will be temporarily covered with asphalt, with the exception of the part of High Street, close to St Nicholas Circle.

Mr Thomas said: "The council gave an undertaking to traders that we would pull off site for a moratorium in the city centre and we'll provide a level surface for shoppers to go and spend their money."

The work is due to be halted from December 1 until the end of the first week of January.
Leicester Mercury, 22nd November, 2007
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Old November 26th, 2007, 03:05 PM   #106
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How do they plan to widen the pavements? Single lane?
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Old November 27th, 2007, 12:27 AM   #107
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I was in town today and checked out the progress on the repaving - it seems they have dug up the fancy new paving on Rutland street, just off Charles street, and begun putting down large slabs of granite. I guess this must must have been a test for the paving closer to the theatre.

I see they have dug up Loseby Lane between the Globe and High street. Most of High street now seems to be dug up. Where they have put new paving down it doesn't seem to be the same type as on Gallowtree Gate - or is it just my eyes?
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Does anyone have any photos of the pedestrianisation of these streets? I haven't seen any since the start of the thread.
I'd like to see the transformation.
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Old November 27th, 2007, 01:51 AM   #109
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See this link from the city council website of some Christmassy photos of the completed Gallowtree Gate pedestrianisation (Leicester city cente's busiest shopping street):

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-cou...ee-gate-images
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The coloured tubes look very impressive. They certainly brighten up the street. Are they permanant or just for christmas?
The granite used looks very similar to the granite used in Market Square
It'll stay looking fresh for ages as it's really durable.
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Those 'tubes' are permanent and are one of the best bits of the scheme. They regularly change colour and really cheer the place up.

The granite does get really stained, though I think, as mentioned before, there is going to be something brought in to alleviate the problem?

There are smaller versions of the lights in Market Street - though whether they change colour I don't know.

The whole idea of 'Streets and Spaces' is to give a uniform look across the city centre.
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A pressure washer will get rid of the stain. It's the same in Market Square. The council bought a machine that looks like a street cleaner thats scrubs away at the granite. I wouldn't be suprised if LCC bought one soon.
I'd love to see those tubes elsewhere in the country.
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Apparently they've got a purpose-built £200,000 'scrubber' coming very soon, I can't wait.. the stains look awful

The smaller versions of those Gallowtree Gate 'light tubes' on Market Street do indeed change colour, and also have metal fixing to have hanging baskets on them which look quite nice. I also like the lights in the ground, looks very cool when it's dark
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Agree desparately need something to clean up the new areas. Walked down Gallowtree gate this morning and the granite looks fantastic when its wet., However the chewing gum all over the place. If you drop chewing gum on the floor you should be made to clean it up with your teeth!!
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Yeah I agree, I can't stand people who drop gum all over the place.. and I bet they still have the gaul to moan about fag-ends! People in Leicester better start taking more pride in where we live with all this regeneration coming.. i'm going to start walking around town with a baton and hitting people who vandalise stuff!
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The smaller versions of those Gallowtree Gate 'light tubes' on Market Street do indeed change colour, and also have metal fixing to have hanging baskets on them which look quite nice. I also like the lights in the ground, looks very cool when it's dark [/QUOTE]

Do they ? They have always been stuck on pink when i walk past.

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Yeah I agree, I can't stand people who drop gum all over the place.. and I bet they still have the gaul to moan about fag-ends! People in Leicester better start taking more pride in where we live with all this regeneration coming.. i'm going to start walking around town with a baton and hitting people who vandalise stuff!
Something to add to the 'moan' thread then.
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Do they ? They have always been stuck on pink when i walk past.

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Yeah, i'm not entirely sure why but they seem to have them on just one colour a lot of the time - i've noticed that with Gallowtree Gate aswell.
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Gallowtree Gate ones do change regularly, though not as much as before?
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