DRD drives forward Sandyknowes park and ride scheme

ROADS Service is continuing to push ahead with controversial plans to create a park and ride facility on the Ballyhenry Road, just yards from the busy Sandyknowes roundabout.

During a meeting with local councillors last week, Divisional Roads Manager John Irvine confirmed that Roads Service is committed to the project, which would see a car park built on the narrow strip of vacant land beside Dorchester Drive.

The plan, which was first put forward several years ago, has met with considerable opposition from local residents and political representatives, who have warned of further traffic congestion and possible anti-social behaviour in the area if the plan goes ahead.

The scheme proposed in 2003, for a 150-space facility, has been revised on a number of occasions, and the latest plan would see the creation of a 92-space park and ride.

The planning application for the revised scheme is currently being considered by Planning Service, who are awaiting the results of an updated traffic impact assessment.

During last week’s meeting of the council’s Planning Committee, several members assured Mr Irvine that they would continue to fight the proposed scheme. However, DUP representative Robert Hill, who lives near the site, stressed that many people are supportive of the plan.

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