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Winter closures

There are a number of Leicestershire Byways and unsurfaced Lanes that, although offering good walking and riding routes, are not ideal for vehicles during the wetter winter months.  

Over the last few years vehicle usage has increased on these routes during the winter period and in some cases rendering them unusable, apart from off-road vehicles.  

In view of this, Leicestershire County Council will be implementing experimental restrictions, as and when required, for vehicles. They will however remain open to local private access and to pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians. The aim is to reduce problems at a time when most of the damage occurs. These routes will be fully re-opened to public vehicles for the 6 month summer period.  

This initial trial will commence on 1 October and be reviewed after 6 months. The routes included are listed below:

  • Ravenstone – Byways open to all traffic (BOTAT) O47 between Church Lane and A511 near Sinope (28502703)
  • Appleby Magna – Restricted byway BOTAT Q4a / Roe House Lane, Appleby Magna between Appleby Hill and Atherstone Road, Twycross (A444). 
  • Somerby - Track From Melton Lane To Somerby Road between Bridleway D82 and Melton Lane, Burrough On The Hill (24902764)
  • Redmile – Restricted Byway open to all traffic (BOTAT) G9 between Main Street and Long Lane (24902056). 
  • Redmile – Byways open to all traffic (BOTAT)  G4 between Bakers Lane / Drift Hill and Belvoir Road, Bottesford (24902049) 
  • Clawson Hose and Harby – Byways open to all traffic (BOTAT)  G55A between Stathern Lane and end (24902142).  
  • Witherley – From A444 Atherstone Road to Ratcliffe House (17403155) 
  • Hallaton – From Moor Hill to End (16401938) 
  • Gilmorton – From Mill Lane to Peatling Road (16401487)
  • Peatling Parva – Peatling Road / Ashby Road to Oak Farm and end (16401753)
  • Shackerstone – Track from Derby Lane to Gopsall Road (17403153)
  • Shackerstone - Track From Derby Lane To Bridleway Q36 (00563104)
  • Swepstone - Bridleway Q36 (00013526)
  • Tilton – Red Lodge Road (16401004)

Have your say on Leicestershire’s 2045 Net Zero Strategy and Action Plan

The county council have declared a climate emergency and are committed to working with residents and stakeholders across Leicestershire to become a net zero county by 2045.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to take part in our Net Zero 2045 Strategy and Action Plan consultation and share your views. Tackling the climate emergency is too big for one organisation working alone, we need a joint effort - and in our Strategy and Action Plan you’ll find out how we are facing the challenge by encouraging our residents, partners, and businesses to help shape a greener future for the county and for generations to come.

Find out more and share your views on our Net Zero Strategy and Action Plan 2045 consultation page.

Public realm guidance note

The public realm guidance note has been produced for use by third parties and details the stages involved in preparing and delivering public realm development, with particular emphasis on schemes that require a Section 278 Agreement to work on Leicestershire County Council’s (LCC’s) adopted public highway.

The note aims to advise about the necessary steps and aspects to consider regarding proposed highway that forms part of new development. It refers to all development phases but focuses on LCC’s approvals process, traffic management arrangements and construction and maintenance considerations such as inspections. It also explains the role of LCC as Highway Authority and any fees charged.

The information summarises but does not replace some of the guidance contained within the Leicestershire Highways Design Guide.

Guidance Note 1 - Public realm development and the role of LCC highways  Opens new window

Licence to cultivate 

In order to plant or cultivate on a highway verge you will need a licence to cultivate. To apply you will need to make an applicaiton for a cultivation licence through our Contact us form

As highway verges are used by public utility companies to install and access their equipment, the licence ensures that those doing the work and that live in the environment are safe and those effected by the planting are happy with the works going ahead.  Experience has shown us that not everyone agrees with what is seemingly a positive development.

Leicestershire County Council take the safety of anyone working on the highway extremely seriously. An average of 70 people a year are seriously injured as a result of contact with underground electricity cables, so it is imperative that any planting of bulbs is done so safely.

Find out if a road is unadopted

To find out if a road is unadopted in most cases you can use the Highway adoption status search it allows anyone to find the adoption status of any street in the County. You can also use Find my street, which includes a map where you can click on any street to find the overall maintenance responsibility and classification.

As these are underpinned by two different datasets there may be discrepancies, these should be reported to as well as any queries about highway status/extent.

New online Customer Contact Form

There is now a new online enquiry form for customers to contact the County Council’s Customer Service Centre (CSC). It is aimed at general public enquiries and can be accessed via our website, to enable the CSC to provide an improved service to customers.

The general public that use any of the email addresses below are being asked to use the online form to correspond electronically with the CSC.  

  • HighwaysCustomerServices
  • CSCBlueBadge
  • PassengerTransport
  • CustomerServices
  • Family

If you currently advertise any of these email addresses on your local websites, please remove them and replace them with the link to the online contact form.

Parish Councils can continue to use the CSCParishes email address, and the CSC phone numbers all remain unchanged.

New guidance - Licencing of apparatus over, along or across a public highway (S178) 

There is new guidance on the licencing process for any apparatus that you may propose to attach to a street lighting column owned by us.

Such apparatus may include (but not be limited to):

  • hanging baskets
  • seasonal decorations
  • banners
  • CCTV cameras
  • ANPR cameras
  • Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS)
  • speed indicator devices
  • wi-fi equipment
  • catenaries (a system of overhead wires above the highway used to support electricity cables)

Licencing S178 guidance  Opens new window

Also see Street lighting columns and structural testing

New traffic website

Highways receive a great number of enquiries about a variety of issues on the road, many of these are around parking, speeding and pedestrian safety.  

To help support communities in understanding what solutions are available, a new website has been developed to provide clear and straight forward guidance on the types of options that may be appropriate to address a particular issue as well as the criteria, process involved and potential costs.  

This new website has been designed to be easy to use and allow residents and communities to make informed decisions on the most appropriate and effective solutions that would benefit their community.  

The information on the website does not yet include all the information we would want to make available to our residents but will continue to be developed and we very much welcome your feedback and suggestions, please email

The website Leicestershire Highways A Roads to Zebras is now live.

The intention is for this website to eventually include other key functions of the department providing a one-stop shop for road, waste and environment information and guidance.

Blue Heart Campaign update    

We are delighted to be the first Midlands council to join the BLUE Campaign for rewilding Britain’s roadside verges!

Over 700 species of wild flower grow on the UK’s road verges – nearly 45% of our total flora. And where wild flowers lead, wildlife follows – a multitude of bees, butterflies, birds and bugs. All enjoyed by 23 million road commuters. With over 97% of meadows destroyed since the 1930s, road verges are a vital refuge for pollinators and other wildlife (plantlife). This delightful show of the botanical potential of verges on our doorsteps has inspired and encouraged many more people to take local action to protect and enhance the way there local verges are managed.

Selected urban verges are to be removed from our annual cutting programmes, allowing the verges to flourish and develop. Building on the pilot success of the 2020 Urban Verge Wildflower Scheme, we are not part of a much bigger national campaign called the Blue Campaign.

This season will see almost 40 parishes display blue hearts highlighting their dedicated urban wildlife verges. The Verge Project gives local parishes and their associated communities the chance to play more of an active role in how their local verges are managed for local wildlife. Many of these verges historically have interesting wildflower species already, but due to a frequency in cut, they have been unable to flourish so have laid dormant for some time. 

Following a cessation in cut, these verges will be surveyed in June by our partners at NatureSpot for their wildflowers and grasses. Upon assessment of the verge surveys, management suggestions will be made to support wildlife friendly management of these verges. This usually includes implementing just one cut a year in mid-September, leaving the cuttings in situ for 7 days before removal, and/or the sowing of native UK wildflower species or plug plants from sustainable, local providence.

It also gives the local community the chance to get more involved with recording and enjoying the abundance of colour many of these verges offer, including a bespoke parish council wildplaces page, that showcases each of the parishes verges that are signed up to this scheme. In addition, all the wildlife data collected will feed into our county wide wildlife data, to help with future protection and enhancement.

Due to the popularity of the blue hearts, we are oversubscribed for this year and it is now too close to the grass cutting season start date to process any more applications, however, we are now collecting reserve contact details for our 2022 scheme. We are also looking to explore wider potential of sites for inclusion, including public open spaces in addition to roadside verges. If you would like to find out more and register an interest for 2022 please contact us at

Street lighting columns and structural testing

See our frequently asked questions and a copy of the Licence Application Pack for attaching decorations and hanging baskets etc. for lamp posts:

Lamp post licence FAQ  Opens new window

Guidance notes for attachments   Opens new window

Non-destructive testing companies  Opens new window

Environment and Transport newsletter

Parishes and communities newsletter - winter edition 2021

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