A local councillor has called on the Housing Executive to convert a disused piece of green space into parking for residents of a Moy housing estate.
Cllr Denise Mullen, SDLP representative for the area, told the TIMES she has been approached by a number of people living in Roxborough Park who are keen to have parking spaces outside their homes.
On a visit to the housing estate, Cllr Mullen pointed out an area of green space which, she claims, could easily be used to provide parking for those who wish to have it.
“This piece of grass here, which the Housing Executive have to pay someone to mow and maintain, would be perfect for residents’ parking”, Cllr Mullen continued.
“There are several residents here in Roxborough Park who aren’t able to park outside their homes. In fact, four of those residents have practically no space available to them at the front or back of their homes which could possibly be used to park.
“In this day and age, when the majority of householders have their own car or at least some sort of access to a car, parking should be something which is freely available to them.
“The lack of parking spaces in Roxborough Park is an issue which people living here have long been asking for.
“I am asking the Housing Executive to consider using the green space here for providing parking to residents. At the minute, this piece of land is only used as a dog fouling area.
“There is a playpark a few hundred yards away so it is not as though using the green space for parking would be taking away any sort of recreational space for children and young people. I would argue that some agreement could be reached here.”
The TIMES approached the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) with the issues raised by Cllr Mullen.
In a response to this paper, a spokeswoman for the NIHE explained: “When reviewing requests for additional parking bays the Housing Executive must take into account the number of properties we own in the area.
“In Roxborough Park we only own 10 of the 51 properties which is less than the minimum (50%) we would require to be in our ownership to consider a request for additional parking bays.”