DUP MLA Maurice Bradley is hopeful that Resident’s Only Parking Schemes will be rolled out to other parts of Northern Ireland in the very near future.
The East Londonderry MLA asked Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon MLA for an update on a pilot scheme in a written assembly question.
Responding, Minister Mallon said that a review of the pilot scheme in Belfast was ‘nearing completion’
She said: “I will want to make sure that any lessons learnt from this scheme inform wider policy on implementation of residents’ parking schemes to the benefit of communities.
“At this stage, I am not in a position to advise on a timescale for completion of the review, but I can confirm that any findings will be made publically available. I will consider any new schemes in light of these findings.”
Bradley said: “There is a parking issue for many residents across the Causeway Coast and Glens area.
“There are issues in Portrush and in various streets around Coleraine Town Centre.
“I have met with residents who are having to pay to use the town’s car parks as they cannot park outside their own homes after doing the school run.
“This has an impact on residents with small children and those with mobility problems.
“A Residents’ Only scheme would make a huge difference to these people.”
Bradley went on to thank the Minister for her response and added: “If we are to open up our town centres for residential development, in any ‘over the shop’ scheme then parking schemes like this one will have to be in place. Nowadays everyone has the use of the car and they expect to be able to park close to their homes.”