Govt. ‘ballot’ residents over islands

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan yesterday welcomed confirmation that Transport NI are to ballot residents in the Glen Road area over road safety islands.

Foyle SDLP MLA Mr Durkan said the ballot taking place this week amongst residents of Glen Road was being implemented to obtain the views of local people on the current traffic calming measures in place along the road.

A number of options to address the issues of concern are expected to form part of the consultation.

The move comes after Mr Durkan last year welcomed the then DRD Minister Danny Kennedy to Glen Road with a view to getting the traffic islands removed from it with immediate effect.

The islands along the road had been installed without formal consultation and Mr Durkan has argued that they have created numerous safety concerns for local people. These have including increased speeding and parking issues on the road, Mr Durkan said.

The Assemblyman said: “This is an issue which I have been working on since the installation of these islands and I have personally highlighted the ineffectiveness and indeed danger of these traffic calming measures and urged the Minister to remove them immediately with a view to a more helpful solution.

“At this meeting Minister Kennedy was able to see first-hand both the speed of traffic on the Glen Road and he could not fail to recognise the hazards presented. “The Minister agreed to the ballot being carried out several months ago and until now residents have been becoming increasingly frustrated with the delays.

“I am pleased that Transport NI have told me that they will be delivering it to residents this week so that they can finally voice their concerns and give views on their preferred options.”

Transport NI had agreed to review the decision to build controversial traffic islands on the Glen Road back in July 2011, following complaints from local residents.