Melton Council has agreed new measures to tackle rising concerns about vehicles accessing the town centre pedestrianised areas and illegal parking in Market Place.
Swing gate barriers are set to be installed at the gateway entrances in Nottingham Street, High Street and King Street - where the traffic bollards used to be - to restrict vehicular access between 10am and 4pm from Monday to Saturday.
The council said the padlocked gates would be ‘universally accessible’ to all emergency services, so as to avoid any repeat incidents of emergency vehicles not being able attend incidents quickly in the town centre.
The authority has also agreed to an ‘immediate short-term and then periodic’ increase in resources towards illegal parking enforcement in Market Place on Tuesdays and Saturday. This could see an additional civil enforcement officer allocated to Melton on the hotspot days.
Talks have also been held with Melton Town Estate to ensure parking in Market Place is better controlled.
The new measures were unanimously approved by the council’s rural, economic and environmental affairs committee last Wednesday.
Town centre traders and Leicestershire County Council highways bosses will be consulted before the swing gates are implemented at a combined cost of £5,500.
The council had also considered other options including automatic telescopic barriers but Harrinder Rai, the council’s head of communities and neighbourhoods, told committee members these would have been more costly and were also ‘prone to malfunction’.