Some of Leicester’s city centre’s scruffy public car parks are to be revamped to try to make them more appealing to shoppers.
A fund of £450,000 has been earmarked for environmental improvements to improve the 164-space Dover Street park and the council-run 485 space Haymarket multi-storey.
The works will look at maintenance, cleaning, repainting and improving lighting.
Shopper Anna Minter, 34, from Oadby, often uses the Dover Street car park.
She said: “It’s a place to dump your car not a Royal Park so nobody expects it to be beautifully tended.
“But it looks horrible a lot of the time. It gets overgrown and fills up with rubbish.
“It’s not the first impression you want for visitors.
“I only use it because I don’t like multi-storeys.”
New and clearer pricing signs will be place on other car parks.
This work will go hand-in-hand with efforts to encourage private car park operators to improve their own facilities.
As well as sprucing up the city centre car park a further 150 spaces will be created on the city’s outer estates where there is pressure on on-street parking.
Some £250,000 has been set aside for measures to tackle problem parking around city shopping precincts that attract heavy traffic.
This includes extra enforcement and the installing of barriers and bollard to keep vehicles out of restricted areas.