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Ravenhill is latest area of Belfast to see anger over commuter parking

Cars pass the `End City Centre Parking in Our Area' banner on the Ravenhill Road in south Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

ANGER over commuters leaving their cars in residential areas near Belfast city centre has spread to the Ravenhill Road in south Belfast.

A banner proclaiming `No City Centre Parking In Our Area' has been hoisted across the street which serves as a main arterial route.

It is the latest area on the fringes of the city centre to witness a fightback from householders irritated with workers parking outside their homes before walking or getting a bus to their offices.

Other inner-city areas which have faced similar problems include the Markets, Donegall Pass, Sandy Row, Barrack Street and Carrick Hill.

There have been moves for almost 10 years to try to bring in residents-only parking schemes, with more than £300,000 spent by the Department of Regional Development.

A total of 10 different initiatives have been proposed in recent years - all but two of them in Belfast - but most have been unsuccessful or faced community opposition.

The schemes would see residents pay an annual fee to secure exclusive access to a space outside their own home.

It is understood that the first of these - at College Park Avenue and Malone Avenue - may soon receive a green light.

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