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University and city council tackle parking problem
Foreign UM students who do not have accommodation in Maastricht or its immediate vicinity, and who need to commute for every tutorial group meeting, can now apply for a parking permit for certain areas around the city centre for 5 euros a month. Foreign students who do live in or near Maastricht have been allowed to park free of charge on the campus site in Randwijck since 1 September.
Maastricht University and the city council hope that these measures will reduce the serious parking problems in those areas in the city where parking is still free. At the same time there is less chance of students’ cars being vandalised. In particular German students regularly found their car windows smashed in, deep scratches in the paintwork or broken off mirrors.
The parking permit (a total of 275 can be issued) allows UM students to park at the Brusselse Poort, Mariaberg, Villapark, Sint Pieter, Jekerdal and parking lot Noorderbrug/Franciscus Romanusweg, from Monday to Friday between 8:00 and 19:00 hrs. These are areas in the so-called B-zone (paid parking at a reduced price and parking for permit holders) which are closer to the university buildings in the city centre than the areas where free parking is still available.
There is still room for extra permits in these areas, says Lloyd Wagemans, policy official for the Maastricht city council. The letter to the editor which was sent by a perturbed resident from Mariaberg – ‘our area will become overcrowded once again with students’- to the Dagblad De Limburger this week, is premature, as far as he is concerned. “There are a lot of empty spaces in Mariaberg at the moment. Why shouldn’t students make use of them? It is not a case of us overcrowding the area. But permit holders must realise that they do not have a right to a fixed space, they have a permit for the entire sector where they live.” If there are a lot of complaints from one particular street, we may decide – after the trial period that runs until August 2011 – not to include that street. This already applies to the Hertogsingel, Sint Annalaan, Glacisweg and other busy main roads.
Student Services is going to assess whether candidates meet all criteria. The city council then supplies the permits.
Since the beginning of this month, both foreign and Dutch students who live in rooms in Maastricht have been given the opportunity to park on the campus site in Randwijck. The two hundred spaces – open seven days a week – are free. Bicycles can be parked in bicycle racks, maybe even soon in covered bicycle racks. The UM Card provides access, but full is full.