'No waiting’ restriction to help ease Park Road congestion

Thursday, 19 July 2018

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CONGESTION close to one of Strabane's busiest residential areas looks set to be eased with the introduction of parking restrictions.
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) is planning to implement a 'no waiting' restriction on the Park Road, it has been confirmed.
The road - which services a number of businesses and housing developments including Ardnafoyle, Canal Side and Foyle View - is regularly used by workers and shoppers to park along often causing headaches for locals trying to access the narrow thoroughfare.
Transport NI has now responded to concerns and in a bid to reduce the congestion is planning to install double yellow parking lines.
A letter outlining the proposal is due to come before a meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council today (Wednesday).
"The PSNI have been consulted and are in agreement with the proposal," a report to the Environment and Regeneration Committee states.
The proposal, which is expected to pass, will then go forward to ratification at the monthly meeting before implementation.
Local independent councillor, Patsy Kelly - who has previously lobbied on the issue -has welcomed the proposal.
"DfI is proposing a no waiting restriction of the Park Road and this has to be welcomed. The proposal will first have to go through committee, full council and then the statutory procedures but it is a step in the right direction to solving the issue."
Cllr Kelly said he had been raising the issue for a number of years and says he is now glad that roads chiefs had taken the matter on board.
"At present it's a nightmare for residents living in the likes of Foyleview, Ardnafoyle and Canal Side to get up and down that road day and daily with vehicles parking all along the left-hand side.
"They have been pressing for some relief and hopefully this proposal and subsequent monitoring will alleviate the congestion. There is also a number of businesses who have deliveries etc coming and that can be quite difficult."
He added: "There's a clear need for parking restrictions and hopefully the matter will be resolved in the coming months once the proposal passes through all the relevant procedures and the no parking comes to fruition."


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