McGimpsey meets Kennedy over resident parking schemes

South Belfast Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey has described his meeting with Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy regarding residents’ parking schemes as very useful and encouraging.
The meeting which took place today at Stormont along with representatives from Sandy Row, Donegall Pass and Stranmillis is part of a long campaign by Michael McGimpsey and communities to see schemes in place to tackle the blight of commuter parking.
In a statement Michael McGimpsey said, ‘I was very encouraged by the meeting with Minister Kennedy today. I felt he listened to our concerns and realises that a solution to the problem of commuter parking must be found.’
‘I along with communities such as Sandy Row, Donegall Pass, and Stranmillis etc. have long campaigned for residents parking schemes. These communities are inundated on a daily basis by hundreds of extra cars from outside the area using the residential streets as a free car park. This is causing problems for utility services accessing the areas, occasional emergency vehicle access and residents being able to park close to their homes.’
In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, ‘I am hopeful that the Minister will be able to resolve this issue for residents. This has been a long campaign where the situation has only deteriorated as time has passed. The implementation of residents only parking schemes will undoubtedly have a positive impact upon the quality of life for many people living close to Belfast City Centre and Queens University.’

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