Marlborough laneway clean-up welcomed by residents

Councillor Colly Kelly, centre, pictured taking part in the clean up with members of the Triax neighbourhood management team. (2809MM11)
Councillor Colly Kelly, centre, pictured taking part in the clean up with members of the Triax neighbourhood management team. (2809MM11)

Residents of Marlborough Street have welcomed a clean-up of a laneway running behind their homes which had been strewn with litter and overgrown with weeds.

The clean-up was carried out this week by members of the Triax neighbourhood management team, in partnership with Derry City Council’s engineering and cleansing departments.

Sinn Féin councillor Colly Kelly, who previously raised the concerns of local residents with Derry City Council, also took part in the clean-up operation.

Colr. Kelly said; “I had received a number of complaints from local residents about gates at a lane way on Creggan Hill being missing and the lane way behind homes in Marlborough Street being in a very bad shape.

“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.

“Following discussions with Derry City Council City Engineers, Cleansing Department and the Bogside and Brandywell Initiative Triax Management team, a plan of action was put in place to do a major clean-up and replace the missing gates.”

Colr. Kelly said the laneway was so overgrown that a mechanical digger was required to lift the bigger items of rubbish. “We didn’t realise it was such a big job until we started clearing the lane and had to get a small mechanical digger in. The work will hopefully be finished in a few days,” he said.

One local resident said the clean up will make a big difference to those living in the area. “It was a nightmare trying to get the bins out before the laneway was cleaned. Even trying to get oil delivered to the back of our homes was difficult because of the rubbish, so hopefully things will be a lot easier now,” he said.