Bogside parking scheme delay ‘unacceptable’

Colm Barton pictured at the heavily congested Glenfada Park in the Bogside this week. 0106JM43
Colm Barton pictured at the heavily congested Glenfada Park in the Bogside this week. 0106JM43

Minister for Regional Development, Danny Kennedy, and Road Service have been accused of “dragging their heels” over providing parking for Boside residents.

The criticism follows the news that a residents’ parking scheme, which according to Road Service was to be implemented this summer, will not now become operational until 2013.

The scheme is to be introduced to The Wells, William Street, Little Diamond, Colmcille Court, Abbey Street, Brewster’s Close and Creggan Hill.

Colm Barton of the Triax Neighbourhood Management Team described the delay as “totally unacceptable.”

“We carried out the public consultation on behalf of Road Service some two and a half years ago. It should be implemented as a matter of haste. Residents and ourselves have done everything in our power to ensure the speedy introduction of the scheme. There is overwhelming support for it but DRD Road Service are dragging their heels.”

Mr. Barton added: “Further delays to the Bogside implementation have the potential to remove the considerable goodwill the scheme and previous consultation created. Instead of good news concerning DRD Roads Service and the Bogside we again have a Ulster Unionist minister not delivering for Derry.”