Traffic wardens branch out

Sinn Fein councillor, Mickey Cooper.
Sinn Fein councillor, Mickey Cooper.

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has revealed that traffic attendants could from now on be periodically patrolling several busy junctions in the Rosemount area.

The Derry-Strabane Councillor said the move was part of an effort to address ongoing traffic management problems along a section of Park Avenue.

Councillor Cooper said:“I have been receiving ongoing complaints from residents about the bottleneck of traffic along a very tight section of Park Avenue and its junctions with Academy Road and Northland Avenue.

“Many options over the past few years have been tried to help alleviate this but to no avail.

“I have been in contact again with Transport NI (formally Road Service) to raise those concerns .

“They have told me they will look at the possibility of drafting in traffic attendants periodically to see if their presence can help the flow of traffic at the busy junctions.”

The proposed move follows the deployment of traffic attendants along the Aberfoyle area of Derry several months ago.

The move was taken by DRD Road Service in a bid to address long running parking problems which are having a knock-on effect on the lives of local residents, Colr. Cooper said at the time.

Parking tickets- officially Penalty Charge Notices- currently carry a fine of £90. If paid within 14 days, a 50 per cent discount is applied however meaning the fine is £45.

This discount is offered because early payments reduce administration costs for TransportNI.