Dungannon grammar has ‘every sympathy’ with residents over parking issue

SDLP councillor, Denise Mullen, in Killymeal Park
SDLP councillor, Denise Mullen, in Killymeal Park

A Dungannon grammar school is working closely with residents of a nearby housing development to address issues involving student parking.

One woman who lives in Killymeal Park opposite St Patrick’s Academy claims cars are parked on both sides of the kerb, leaving it difficult for residents to enter and leave their homes.

The TIMES contacted St Patrick’s Academy about the matter and was told by a spokesperson: “We have every sympathy for local residents in this matter and we are doing everything we can to resolve the matter.”

The spokesperson said there are “very good” on-campus facilities for student parking within the school.

The school continued: “There are two designated areas for which we require students to register their car with the school and to present their driving licence and insurance so that we are assured that they are legitimate drivers and that they drive safely on campus. We still have available spaces. We do not impose a charge for parking. It seems that some students have clearly chosen not to register with us for a parking space. We do not encourage students to travel to school by car and we continue to advise them that they must adhere to the highway code and we ask them not to park in residential areas, on footpaths or in any place where other road users are inconvenienced. “

The school said it had acted promptly to address the issue by trying to identify the owners of the cars and asking them to register for parking.

SDLP councillor, Denise Mullen, has been working with both parties to find a way forward.

Cllr Mullen said she understands the concerns of residents, and thanked the school for their work to resolve the problem.