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9th August 2005

Leicester Reflects on Benefits of Better Waterside

The people of Leicester have given their enthusiastic backing to Leicester Regeneration Company’s plans for revamping the city’s waterside.

The company recently consulted the public on its plans for major changes in the area around the river and canal, from the Holiday Inn northwards to St Margaret’s Way, and the results have just been released.

Almost 85 per cent of those who answered questions backed the plans, with half of these people saying they were very good. Many people saw the benefits of regenerating the waterside as a positive step for Leicester’s image and its ability to compete as a modern city. They felt the area would attract tourists, which would benefit the local economy.

The importance of improving pedestrian and cyclist access was highlighted. Making the environment more attractive was another popular suggestion, with people asking for more trees and open space for wildlife.

John Nicholls, Chief Executive of Leicester Regeneration Company, said: “We’re grateful to people for taking the time to let us have their views and suggestions, and it’s very encouraging to know that so many people are broadly in favour of what we propose for Leicester’s waterside.

“We consider it to be the city’s best hidden asset and believe it could become a beautiful area, with a lot to attract residents and visitors alike.

“ Since we consulted on these basic ideas earlier in the year, the City Council has been working on them and has added a lot more detail to produce a ‘Supplementary Planning Document’ for the Waterside. They are consulting on this at the moment, so whether or not you commented on our earlier suggestions, I’m sure they’d like your views. ”

The City Council’s Supplementary Planning Document can be seen at the Reference Library on Bishop Street; Leicester City Council, Customer Service Centre, New Walk Centre, King Street; Woodgate Resource Centre and Fosse Neighbourhood Centre and Library, Mantle Road.

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