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Residents call for parking scheme

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Residents call for parking scheme thumbnailAlderman John Finlay pictured in Townhead Street

PARKING in Ballymoney's Charlotte Street and Townhead Street has been
branded "chronic" by frustrated householders who have signed a petition calling for a residents' parking scheme.
DUP Alderman John Finlay has presented the Department of Infrastructure with the petition from residents in the hope that they may soon be able to park outside their own front doors.
Alderman Finlay told The Ballymoney Chronicle: "I have been lobbying for some time now for a parking scheme for Ballymoney residents living in some town centre streets where they are struggling to get parked anywhere near their homes due to the volume of other traffic parked in  the area.
"I have now presented a petition from residents in Townhead Street and Charlotte Street which shows the strength of feeling over this issue, and I am urging the Department of Infrastructure to introduce a parking scheme without delay."
Robert Wales, who has lived in Townhead Street for many years, stressed the need for a solution to the ever-growing residents' parking problem in the town.
“I have been frustrated with the lack of parking space for years now and it's gradually getting worse," Robert said.
“People are coming here and parking before 9am until 7pm which means that spaces are already taken - that's before you even consider the schools nearby.
“If    I leave the house at 1pm,  I know by the time I return the parking space outside my home  will have gone. I'm not the only one with this problem as it affects all the tenants on this side of the street."
Another exasperated Townhead Street resident, a lady who wishes to remain anonymous,  said: "Parking here is chronic. I've also noticed  some car drivers who haven't realised that it's one-way street and have driven  down the wrong way.
“The nearby car park is always full and, if we leave our home, we know that by the time we return the space has gone."
She added:"It's not ideal for our older residents or those with young families, so we are hopeful that something can be done soon to rectify this."
We asked the Department of Infrastructure for a comment yesterday morning (Monday).
But, at the time of going to press, there had been no response from the Department.

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