Bishop Street residents have welcomed moves to preserve the historic character of the area.
Residents had been concerned about plans to replace flag-stones on the footpaths with new tarmac pathways which, they said, would not be in keeping with the character of one of Derry’s oldest streets.
The residents contacted Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue who lobbied DSD and DRD Roads Service to consider replacing the existing footpaths with traditional style flagstones.
Colr. Logue convened a meeting with local residents to discuss their concerns and says DSD and DRD have now agreed to install traditional style footpaths.
“This is an historic area of the city and the residents here are very proud of their community and did not want anything that would take away from the character of the area,” she said.
“The replacement footpaths which had been suggested would have been black tarmac and would not have suited the area.
“Following representatives from local residents I got in touch with DSD and DRD Roads Service . “They have now agreed to joint fund the replacement of the existing footpaths with flagstones which are more in keeping with the historic character of the area,” she said.
Local resident Ivor Doherty said people living in the area are pleased with the outcome.
“We did not want asphalt footpaths because they would just not fit in with the area. We wanted new flagstones similar to the ones that have always been there and we are delighted that is what is now going to happen.
“I would like to thank councillor Logue for addressing this so quickly,” he said.
Another resident, Margaret McLaughlin, also welcomed the move. “We have a great community here and everyone is very proud of it. The houses here date from 1898 so modern footpaths just wouldn’t look right,” she said.
Maria Mullan, who also lives in Sunbeam Terrace, said: “We’re all pleased that this has been sorted out and that tarmac footpaths won’t be put in,” she said.