The Department for Regional Development need to consider introducing Resident Parking schemes and issue the long awaited Town Centre Parking Report for Holywood without any further delay.
I am often contacted by people in relation to the chronic parking problems experienced in Holywood Town Centre with streets such as Park Drive, Trevor Street, Downshire Road, Spencer Street and My Lady's Mile particularly affected. People living in these and other streets are often unable to park near their home and have to search for a space elsewhere and then walk back home sometimes with heavy bags of shopping.
After researching the issue it is however clear that the Department for Regional Development plan to introduce Residents Parking Schemes in five inner city areas of Belfast. I have therefore written to the new Regional Development Minister requesting that he includes Holywood within the list of initial Residents Parking Schemes.
Consultation should commence straight away with people living in the relevant areas across Holywood concerning whether they want their street designated as a Controlled Parking Zone which would require the display of a permit.
I have also requested that the permit should be available at a low cost and free of charge for those on low incomes rather than costing a scandalous £80 per year, as previously suggested by the Department.
Whilst keen to ensure that the needs of local residents are met, I am also eager to ensure adequate car parking provision in Holywood Town Centre for businesses, workers and visitors alike. I have therefore again contacted the Roads Service requesting a copy of their long awaited report concerning Parking in Holywood Town Centre.
This report should hopefully outline current provision and future requirements which need to be addressed to support a prosperous bustling Town Centre. Upon receipt I will actively campaign for action to ensure Holywood remains the ultimate destination for businesses and visitors alike.