Parking scheme planned for Northlands’ residents

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A residents parking scheme will be introduced in the Northlands area of the city, local Sinn Féin councillor Maeve McLaughlin has revealed.

The move will be welcomed by people living in the area who have been calling for the introduction of such a scheme for a number of years.

Colr. McLaughlin said DRD Roads Service have now confirmed that the area is to be included in a six month pilot scheme.

Similar schemes are also being implemented in the Bogside and Bishop Street areas of the city.

The Sinn Féin colr. said the move would allow residents to get parked outside their own homes. “I have been lobbying DRD Roads Service on the issue of a residents parking scheme for the Northlands for several years now.

“The problems associated with parking for residents have been well publicised, particularly the concerns of residents along Northland Ave and off streets,” she said.

Colr. McLaughlin continued: “Northland Avenue is also a main bus route, and there is also a busy doctor’s surgery at the Clarendon Medical Centre so clear access is vital at all times.

“Residents of the Northlands estate will welcome this news as it may help resolve many of the issues, particularly access to their homes between 9am and 5pm.”

She called for the scheme to be introduced as soon as possible. “The problems of traffic congestion at Park Avenue, which is the main arterial route through Rosemount, needs addressed.

“Residents handed in a petition as far back as 2009 but as yet there still hasn’t been any movement on this issue.

“DRD have the powers to introduce a pilot scheme of a one way system for a six month trial period and I urge them to move on this issue as soon as impossible,” she said.