Residents’ Parking Scheme: Derry

Oral Answers to Questions — Infrastructure – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 16 April 2024.

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Photo of Mark Durkan Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party 2:30, 16 April 2024

T1. Mr Durkan asked the Minister for Infrastructure whether he will consider the roll-out of a residents’ parking scheme in the Rosemount, Glen and Strand areas of Derry, close to the Magee campus of Ulster University. (AQT 181/22-27)

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

I am aware of the concerns about parking in residential areas in the vicinity of colleges and universities such as the Magee campus of Ulster University. A review of residents' parking schemes that includes lessons learned from the Rugby Road scheme in the vicinity of Queen's University Belfast has been completed. The review will be used to establish the policy for such schemes going forward. Reports will be published when I have had the opportunity to fully consider the findings of the review.

Photo of Mark Durkan Mark Durkan Social Democratic and Labour Party

I thank the Minister for his answer. I understood that no scheme in Derry would be progressed until the scheme in the Bogside had been progressed. Parking in the area continues to be a problem; in fact, it becomes more so. Does the Minister agree that it is unwise and unfair to delay progress on any and all residents' parking schemes because of difficulties in progressing the scheme in the Bogside?

Photo of John O'Dowd John O'Dowd Sinn Féin

That is not my view of the situation, but I am happy to be corrected later by officials or whoever. My position on residents' parking schemes is that we have to move forward with best practice. While they may seem, on the face of it, to be a good idea — in many instances, they are a good idea — there are associated costs for my Department and, possibly, for residents. There are considerations such as how you lay out the scheme and how many cars per house are allowed to park. It is not as simple a proposal as it sounds at the outset, but there are lessons to be learned from the review, and I commit to the Member that I will respond to that in due course.