Brady attends meeting on Newry parking problems

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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
Newry Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady attended a meeting on Friday 11th January, which was organised by Newry and Mourne council in relation to the ongoing parking issue, especially in the Ballybot area. According to Brady, the other key areas that are affected by these parking issues are Drumalane Road, Thomas Street, Poole Lane and the Glen Hill area. The meeting came on the back of various other meetings going back several months at which residents highlighted their concerns regarding parking. The meeting was attended by community representatives, PSNI, Roads Service and local councillors. The issue became particularly problematic in the run up to Christmas. After the meeting Mr Brady said, “This issue is a nightmare for residents of these areas and I speak from experience when talking about this issue. “My mother lives on Dominic Street and there is a daily situation with people who both work in the vicinity and who use the nearby shopping centres trying to secure parking spaces. “The houses on Dominic Street, Thomas Street and Poole Lane in particular had parking bays allocated to the houses, in recent times these parking spaces have been taken over by others who have little or no thought for the needs of residents, many of whom have been long-time residents.
Brady continued, “It is accepted that there is a massive increase in the volume of traffic in the area and in my opinion part of the problem is that parking fees were introduced by the two large shopping centres and this forced both workers and shoppers into the surrounding housing estates and streets. “The Roads Service has undertaken to circulate a questionnaire for the residents to try and get some fresh ideas on how best this issue could be resolved. He added, “I would also call on motorists to respect people’s rights to be able to park outside their homes, many of the residents are older folk and people should remember that in some cases these people need to park close to their homes due to mobility issues.”
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