Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Victory for youth power in Finaghy traffic wrangle

Jonathan McLarnon holds some of the correspondence received from MLAs, councillors and government departments by Finaghy Youth Club Road Safety Group during their campaign for traffic-calming measures on Finaghy Road South. Jonathan is pictured with fellow group members Ross Carlisle, Colleen Long, Dean Cartney, Gareth Carnaghan, Nicholas Surgeon, Chanel Curran, Sharlene Foster and Jordyn Reid.

Young people from south Belfast are celebrating the success of a three-year road safety campaign which has seen traffic-calming measures installed on Finaghy Road South.

The marathon lobbying campaign began in October 2005 when members of the Finaghy Youth Centre raised concerns about road safety outside their club with local political representatives and officials from the Department for Regional Development (DRD).

Initial surveys suggested that traffic calming measures were not necessary but the tragic death of youth club member Adele Whiteside on Finaghy Road South in September 2007 became the motivation for the young people involved to see action being taken in their community.

Finaghy Youth Club members worked alongside DRD officials to carry out their own speed survey and facilitated a consultation process with local people. Work on the two pedestrian refuges installed on the road as part of the campaign has now been completed.

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