South Belfast: Consultation on residents' parking schemes to begin

Traffic lights The consultation process will close on 19 November

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A formal consultation on bringing in residents' parking schemes in two parts of south Belfast is due to begin later.

Transport minister Danny Kennedy agreed to develop the scheme after residents complained about the impact commuter parking is having on their communities.

The areas include Lower Malone, College Park Avenue and Rugby Road. The consultation process will close on 19 November.

Mr Kennedy said it was vital the scheme had the support of the local community.

"Both draft schemes have been developed in conjunction with local residents' groups who have indicated significant support for the proposals," he said.

"The communities in the Lower Malone, and College Park Avenue and Rugby Road areas were informally consulted in November 2012 and in November 2013 respectively.

"Residents in both areas have offered sufficient support for the schemes to allow me to proceed to the formal public consultation stage.

"Working together I am confident that we can help resolve the parking difficulties in the respective areas caused by commuter parking," he added.

MLA Trevor Clarke welcomed the consultation.

"This move by the DRD Minister is better late than never. After years of campaigning by residents and a lack of attention by the current Minister there has now finally been action," he said.

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