More residents, more cars - same Victorian roads. It’s a traffic congestion problem that affects nearly every village and town in the Harborough district.
Now two fed-up villages in the area are trying to do something about it.
Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt, villages that straddle the very busy A6 north of Market Harborough, have a Community Safety and Traffic Enforcement Public Meeting tonight (Thursday).
The meeting will allow Kibworth residents to ask experts about traffic management issues in the villages.
On the panel will be representatives from Leicestershire Police, Community Safety and Leicestershire County Council.
The meeting will be chaired by radio presenter Martin Ballard.
It’s at Kibworth Grammar School Hall, School Road, starting at 7.30pm.
Dictrict councillor for Kibworth, Cllr Lynne Beesley-Reynolds, said: “I’ve lived in Kibworth for 25 years and the traffic problems are getting worse and worse.”
Kibworth Beauchamp parish council chairman Chris Wood said there were three broad problems:
n Parking regulations not being enforced in the village.
n The volume of traffic within the village.
n The volume of traffic on the A6 through the village.
Local county councillor Dr Kevin Feltham said parking regulations were not being enforced in Kibworth.
“There were 300-odd visits from enforcement officers in 2013, and eight in 2015” he said. “That tells you all you need to know.”
He said streets “designed for horses and carts” were congested within the village and needed better traffic management.
And a Kibworth bypass was needed to take the 20,000 vehicles a day that used the A6 away from the village.
Any relief road would have to be funded by local house developers. But villagers say it will take 1,500 new homes to raise the necessary cash.
“We’re not expecting all the solutions, we’re looking for guidance” said Mr Wood. “And I’m sure we’re not alone.”