Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has urged all the agencies involved in securing gates for Madam’s Bank Road tunnel to also look at the introduction of gates at similar hotspots at tunnels located at Collon Lane and Carnhill.
Colr. Duffy told the ‘Journal’ said, because the areas share similar problems, it only made sense to try and replicate what had happened in Madam’s Bank Road in both the Collon Lane and Carnhill areas of the city.
“There is much relief that the gates have finally been installed at Madam’s Bank Road,” Colr. Duffy said
“All of the political parties, communities groups in this area along with residents, Derry City and Strabane District Council, the PSNI and statutory agencies have been working very hard to try and find workable solutions to resolve problems being encountered at this underpass for many years.
“I would now call on all those involved in this process to set up a similar initiative to address similar issues at the other two tunnels at Carnhill and Collon lane.
Colr. Duffy conceded that installing gates in the Collon Lane and Carnhill areas was not something that would resolve the high levels of anti-social behaviour but stated she thought it a step in the right direction.
“The problems being encountered at these tunnels have been well covered in the local press over recent years and residents have been in touch with me again this week calling for action.
“Gates will not solve all the issues but would go a long way to help reduce much of the anti-community activity which has blighted this area.”
Mary Donaghey’s mother, Deirdre O’Doherty, lives close to an area in Carnhill which has been plagued with anti-social behaviour recently.
“My mother has lived in this area ever since my brothers and sisters and I were very young.
“It’s all changed over the years and you wouldn’t dare try and talk to the young people causing the bother for fear they would do something.
“My mother is quite old and lives on her own so I think a gates scheme might go a long way in helping her to overcome that fear.
“If the gate scheme was to reduce the anti-social behaviour in the area then surely it has to be seen as a good thing. If it works in other areas I can’t see why anyone would stop them from coming into Carnhill,” she added.