Newry parking issues ‘causing grave concern for residents’

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Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Newry City Councillor Liz Kimmins has met with residents living in Thomas Street and Cleary Crescent in Newry after they expressed concern over parking issues in the area.

At the meeting, which the Sinn Féin Councillor described as ‘useful’, residents highlighted the ongoing issues they are having as a result of people parking along their street and leaving their cars all day while they go to work in the neighbouring shopping centres and other businesses in the vicinity.



Speaking to Newry Times, the local representative explained, “Residents stated the inconsiderate parking of these vehicles is causing absolute chaos for local residents as they try to go about their daily lives.

“They described how from 7 am cars are parked either side of what is already a very narrow street and it prevents the emergency services, transport for disabled residents, oil deliveries and other essential services from accessing and getting up or down the street.”

The Councillor continued, “Cars are parking high up on the footpath giving pedestrians, prams and wheelchair users no choice but to go to the middle of the road, which is a huge risk to their own safety.



“This is totally unacceptable as it is having serious implications on people’s quality of life, and some residents have also described how those responsible have, on occasions, been verbally abusive when challenged about their lack of respect for the people who live here.”

The local Councillor said that she would be pursuing the issue with the Department of Infrastructure (DfI). “There are many elderly people living in this area and they are like prisoners in their own homes as they are often hemmed in due to the volume of cars being parked here and the way in which vehicles are abandoned for the day. This is totally unacceptable.

She added, “I have written to the Dept for Infrastructure seeking an urgent response to this issue as the community are fed up and want something done about this once and for all.”



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