I have urged the new Infrastructure Minister to ensure review into Residents’ Parking Schemes reports promptly.
The Minister recently replied to an Assembly Question posed by me detailing that a review is currently being undertaken after introduction of first Residents’ Parking Scheme in South Belfast.
With the problem of residential parking already well known in Bangor, Holywood and so many Towns and Cities beyond North Down it’s essential that evaluation of initial scheme is completed without delay. Local people unable to get parked anywhere near to their home should not have to wait any longer to hear about proposed plans for future roll out to other areas.
Whilst there cannot ever be a perfect Residents Parking Scheme which meets needs of everyone the current situation being endured by residents in many areas across Northern Ireland is entirely unsatisfactory and needs to be addressed via balanced proposals which must not place any undue financial burden on people wishing to obtain a permit and ability to park near their home.
Written Assembly Question and response below
Mr Andrew Muir
Tabled Date: 16/01/2020
Answered On Date: 31/01/2020
Priority Written: No
To ask the Minister for Infrastructure to detail (i) which areas are under consideration for residents' only parking schemes; (ii) the timescales for introduction.
The first residents’ parking scheme in Rugby Road / College Park Avenue, Belfast, came into operation during April 2018. A review of the scheme, which will reflect the needs, experiences and feedback of residents, is currently underway. I will want to make sure that any lessons learnt from this scheme inform wider policy on implementing residents’ parking schemes.
Since the implementation of the Belfast scheme, the Department has received requests for many residents’ parking schemes across the north. I can assure the Member that my officials are assessing all these in the context of developing a new approach to residents’ parking schemes that incorporates the learning from the first scheme, in advance of considering rolling out schemes to any other areas in Northern Ireland. At this stage, we are not in a position to advise on timescales for considering future schemes, as this is dependent on successful evaluation of the performance of the initial scheme.