Mass goers complain over rubbish under Lecky Road flyover

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Derry City Council is to review its cleaning schedule around the Lecky Road flyover following concerns from people in the area.

Sinn Féin Councillor for the Brandywell area Patricia Logue said that Mass goers making their way to and from St Columba’s Church have complained about having to walk through a lot of broken glass and cans.

Rubbish spotted close to Derry's fly over.

Rubbish spotted close to Derry's fly over.

Colr. Logue said there were also complaints about rubbish burned at the walkway under the fly over, the maintenance of which is the responsibility of Transport NI (formerly Roads Service).

She said: “I have been in touch with Derry City Council to try and get this cleaned up, but they are facing an uphill battle. There have been on- going issues at the pathway for many years. Much of this has been anti-community, underage drinking; burning of wheelie bins and a lot of local people would avoid using this walkway during the hours of darkness.”

The area however, Colr. Logue said, was the main pedestrian link between the Bishop Street area and the Bogside and is widely used in the daytime by Mass goers, children and parents going to local schools and shops, or visitors to Áras Cholmcille.

“Over recent year a lot of work has gone in the area to address many of the issues in and around the underpass,” Colr. Logue said.

“Trees and bushes have been removed and cut back, new lights have also been installed and graffiti cleaned up. The local TRIAX community team also have done an immense amount of work.”

A Derry City Council spokeswoman said: “Council has investigated this matter and will undertake additional cleaning on the footways leading from the top of the flyover to the Lecky Rd.

“Transport NI have responsibility for the area immediately under the flyover and have been advised of the matter.”