Anger at Duddy’s Court dumping

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A Waterside community worker has said people are dumping rubbish close to the flats at Duddy’s Court - just yards from the civil amenity site at Rossdowney Road.

Geraldine O’Donnell, who is standing as a Sinn Féin candidate in the forthcoming local government elections, said she was contacted by residents of the flat who were concerned about the level of dumping.

“The residents have to leave their rubbish bags out to be collected but they have been telling me that other people have been driving to the area and dumping rubbish there too.

“The people living in the flats use paper bags but black plastic bags are also being left outside the flats by others. The residents are concerned about the build up of rubbish outside their homes before it is collected and have said it is blocking accessways and creating problems for people with prams and those with disabilities,” she said.

Ms O’Donnell said she cannot understand why people would dump rubbish so close to a recycling facility. “The flats at Duddy’s Court are literaly just yards away from the Derry City Council recycling facility and it it unbelievable that anyone would dump their rubbish here when they could just as easily go the short distance to the civil amenity site and dispose of it properly,” she said.

The community worker added:“Looking at the bigger picture, the whole aspect of rubbish collection in the Waterside area needs to be examined to see if there is any way it can be improved in order to reduce the levels of illegal dumping in areas like Duddy’s Court.”