At the far end, if you emerge at one corner you are beside The Lancaster School ("Lancy Boys") of Gareth Malone and Boys Don't Sing fame.
Emerge at other corner and you enter an area of council housing that I wrote about in April 2004 (23 April):
The photograph here shows one of those columns.
I walked into Leicester down streets of council housing. You could tell they were council houses because of the tall metal columns topped with CCTV cameras.
The scene was a cross between the old East Germany and a work of science fiction.
Just after I took it a community support officer cycled past and said hello, so perhaps there is hope.