New residents' parking scheme introduced in Belfast's Holylands
Northern Ireland's first residents' parking scheme has been launched in the Holylands.
A total of 236 parking bays have been clearly defined, 117 of which will be for permit holding residents only, with a further 119 bays designated for Pay and Display available to anyone in south Belfast.
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) created Controlled Parking zones for residents and business owners in the Rugby Road and College Park Avenue area.
In addition a further seven bays are available adjacent to local creches on Rugby Road which are designed for drop off/pick up and will be limited to a 10 minute maximum stay.
The scheme will operate from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday with the exception of a Loading Bay in Carmel Street which will operate from 7am to 6pm.
Residents living in the parking scheme zone have to apply for a valid permit from the department.
Those residents can also avail of 25 visitor passes per quarter.
Signage has been erected to alert motorists when they are entering or leaving the zone.
Additional signage also clearly identifies permit only parking, mixed parking (permit and Pay and Display), short stay parking and loading only bays.
Motorists who park in the bays without a valid permit or pay and display ticket may be subject to a Penalty Charge Notice.
Kevin Monaghan, DfI divisional roads manager said: “It was clear from the outset of this process that there was overwhelming support from residents who are finding it increasingly difficult to park outside their homes and businesses during the day.
"The Department has listened to these views and it is great to see the scheme reach fruition and become operational today.
"I would ask non-residents to respect the allotted residents’ parking spaces and make alternative arrangements.”
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