Call made for yellow lines to be extended

A call has been made for double yellow lines to be extended on Park Lane in Hillsborough to help local residents with access to their homes.

Councillor Alexander Redpath has called for the extension of the yellow lines at the top of Park Lane where it meets the Dromore Road.

He says there is insufficient parking in the area resulting in cars being parked on both sides of the small lane.

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Mr Redpath explained: “I have been in touch with Road Service about extending the double yellow lines at the top of Park Lane.

“Not many people realise that there are approximately 50 houses in this small corner of Hillsborough who are completely dependent on Park Lane and Park Street for access.

“There is insufficient parking to meet the needs of residents which results in individuals parking their cars up both sides of Park Lane.

“This can block the road and make it very difficult for residents to get in and out.”

Mr Redpath said the objective of his proposal is to ensure there is always sufficient room for one car to pass along the lane.

“In the long term there will have to be proposals brought forward to make additional parking available in this area,” he said.

“Planners will also have to give greater consideration to the provision of parking before approving any further development in this area of Hillsborough.”

Meanwhile Mr Redpath has also welcomed steps towards increasing the free on-street parking period in Hillsborough from one to two hours.

He explained that Road Service has announced that they will carry out an informal consultation with traders and local residents regarding the plan.

Mr Redpath said: “The rationale behind restricting free parking in the village is to ensure a fast turnover of cars which should hopefully benefit local traders.

“However, in my view the one hour period is too restrictive.

“One hour may be sufficient for shopping for one or two items however if you wish to visit multiple shops or have your lunch in the village the two hour period would be very useful.”