The Director of Environment and Regeneration presented the above report, a copy of which had previously been circulated. She advised that the purpose of the report was to inform Members of correspondence received dated 4 January 2019 from Transport NI, Network Development Section regarding a DfI proposal to introduce a schools waiting prohibition at Dungiven Road, Derry.
Councillor Jackson referred to concerns raised by a number of parents regarding this situation which he had discussed with DfI Roads. Whilst welcoming the above report he did not feel that the proposed action was adequately robust to address the problem.
The Director of Environment and Regeneration advised that the Divsional Roads Manager would be addressing a Special Meeting of the Committee on 18 March to present his Annual Report. She suggested that this may be an appropriate forum at which to address this issue and how it was intended enforce the Notice.
Councillor Hastings suggested that the system become operational prior to making a decision in this regard.
Councillor Jackson said he understood enforcement was an issue for PSNI, however, it had been difficult to get a commitment from them to attend the school at specific times to ensure that the Notice was being complied with. He said that given the huge issue in regards to child safety he did not feel it was satisfactory to wait until the system was operational to make a decision.
It was agreed that the matter be raised with the Divisional Roads Manager at the Special Meeting scheduled for 18 March
Recommended that Council write to DfI Roads and request that during the times set out in the Prohibition Notice Traffic Attendants be authorised to visit the school to ensure that the Notice was being complied with and if not to take enforcement action.