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Roads Minister confirms residents’ parking scheme for south Belfast

16 November, 2016 - by Chris Hazzard

Roads Minister Chris Hazzard has announced a residents’ parking scheme in the College Park Avenue/Rugby Road area of south Belfast.

The scheme, which will include a combination of parking spaces for residents and pay and display spaces, will move to the next stage of consultation in the coming weeks. If these further consultations are successful, a scheme could be in place by summer 2017.

Minister Hazzard said: 

“Residents of south Belfast have long voiced their concerns about parking in their local area. The scheme I am announcing today has been developed in consultation with local residents, including the College Park Avenue and Rugby Road Residents’ Associations and I hope will help address this long standing issue.

“The College Park Avenue/Rugby Road scheme will provide 117 parking spaces for residents and 127 pay and display parking spaces for residents and businesses. These spaces will be supplemented with short stay parking spaces on Rugby Road and a loading bay in Carmel Street to facilitate local businesses.” 

The spaces will be provided along a number of streets in south Belfast, including part of Carmel Street, College Green, College Park, College Park Avenue, Rugby Parade, Rugby Road, Rugby Street and part of University Avenue. 

The Minister continued: 

“The issue of all-day commuter parking is one faced by other communities and earlier this year I announced a similar scheme for the Rossville Street area in Derry.  I am continuing to look at this issue to see what other schemes can be brought forward to address what is a very real concern for many people living in our towns and cities.

“My Department has also consulted on a scheme for the Lower Malone area. However, due to the number of objections, in particular, the high number from businesses located in the Lower Malone area, I am unable to progress it at this stage. I have asked my officials to re-engage with the residents and businesses in Lower Malone, to establish if a way forward can be found that will accommodate all stakeholders in this area.”

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