The introduction of Residents’ Only parking schemes for the Causeway Coast and Glens area are a step closer, according to MLA Maurice Bradley.
Over the past 18 months, the DUP MLA has been working with residents across the Borough on parking issues.
The East Londonderry representative has been lobbying the Department for Infrastructure in a bid to have schemes implemented locally.
At present, there are pilot schemes running in Londonderry and Belfast.
This week, Bradley and his Council colleagues, cllr Mark Fielding and cllr Trevor Clarke met with David Porter, the Divisional Road Manager for the area for an update.
“We had a very positive meeting, “said Bradley. “And I thank Mr Porter for the update.
“There is a particular need for a scheme to be implemented in Portrush where residents are having to park long distances from their homes. This is not just a seasonal issue; it is a matter that affects residents on a daily basis.
“I believe that the successful implementation of a residents only scheme in Portrush would enable further schemes to be rolled out in other areas of the Borough.
“Parking is a huge issue, particularly in residential areas around Coleraine town centre.
“My office is continually getting calls from constituents in relation to matters around parking. Hopefully the introduction of a successful scheme in Portrush will see the roll out of further schemes in other areas.”
The MLA continued: “At the meeting we learned that surveys are already being carried out in Portrush to see if a scheme would be feasible, this information is being collated in conjunction with the Council.
“The data collected will hopefully be ready for examination by the end of the summer, and a decision can then be made on whether or not the scheme could be implemented.
“This has been a long process, but the surveys are necessary to collate the appropriate information – these schemes have to benefit all residents in a particular area, so it is vital that investigations are carried out,” concluded the MLA.