A major clean-up operation has taken place in several area of the Bogside over the last week.
It was organised by the Triax neighbourhood management team and the Bogside and Brandywell Initiative and involved the clearing of laneways across the area.
Community workers removed rubbish and weeds from laneways from Stanley’s Walk to Westland Street over a number of days last week.
It is part of a wider clean-up operation which has been ongoing throughout the Triax area in recent weeks. Other areas included in the operation have included Creggan and the Brandywell.
The move was prompted by local residents who had raised concerns about the state of the laneways behind their homes.
Welcoming the initiative, local Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue, said local residents have been delighted by the clean-up.
“I have been raising for some time the problems being encountered by residents living in the Stanleys Walk, Elmwood Terrace/Street, Beechwood Street, Tyrconnell Street, and Limewood Street areas about the environmental state and safety of many of the laneways at the rear of their homes.
“There was a lot of overgrown weeds, vegetation and rubbish and this was creating problems with access to the back of people’s homes, particularly for older members of the community leaving out their wheelie bins and the likes of oil deliveries,” she said.
Colr. Logue paid tribute to the community workers involved in the clean-up. “I would like to congratulate the Bogside and Brandywell Initiative and Triax for undertaking this scheme to clean up the laneways and clearing much of the vegetation and rubbish,” she explained.
She also said she hoped the area would help put an end to problems of illegal dumping in the area and reminded residents that Derry City Council offers a rubbish collection service for bulky items. “I also urge anyone who has information on any illegal dumping in the area to contact Derry City Council,” she said.
Members of the Triax neighbourhood management team have also met with representatives of Derry City Council, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, and Community Restorative Justice to discuss cleaning the area, graffiti, and to land ownership, in the Gartan Square and Auburn Terrace areas.