Good fences make good neighbours

Lisnagelvin Playing Pitches are to be protected by an 1.8meter fence.

The move comes after the PSNI revealed that there has been 24 reported incidents “of youths congregating in the area for pre-arranged fights between rival factions, underage drinking and general unruly behaviour for the six months up to 30/09/2010.”

The decision to build a fence was taken in consultation between The Community Safety Partnership, Top of the Hill Residents Group, The PSNI, Derry City Council and Community Safety Wardens.

Welcoming the proposal Councillor Martin Reilly said: “The PSNI have provided a lengthy list of incidents affecting this area and even within the last few days they have suffered from vandalism.

“The police have catelogued a litany of sectarian and non sectarian anti-social incidents at the pitch.”

“The development has been refefered to as a peace wall but that is incorrect. It is a fence to protect both the playing surface and the residents homes which have been the target of anti-social behaviour.”

In addition to the erection of a fence, a Derry City Council Enviromental services meeting on Thursday also agreed to; “Erect a new gated access adjacent to irish Street and Coldermott Park to be opened and closed at agreed times by the Park Warden.”

though they anticipate it will be July “subject to funding” before this is implemented.

“This is all good news for the residents,” said Councillor Reilly. Erecting a fence in this area is in itself not a solution to the problems here. I know that a wider community response involving the Community Safety Partnership, community groups, the PSNI, Housing Associations and Derry City Council officers is required. I welcome the engagement between all of these agencies to date.”