Plans for Culmore flood wall

Sinn Fein Greater Shantallow Councillor Tony Hassan pictured at the site along Culmore Point.

Sinn Fein Greater Shantallow Councillor Tony Hassan pictured at the site along Culmore Point.

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A solid defence wall is to be built along Culmore which has been plagued by flooding due to rising tides.

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the news that work is take place in Culmore to install a continuous stone wall along the riverfront.

There have been widespread concerns in the area over recent years due to repeated flooding, leading to various meetings among residents, politicians and with government officials.

However there had previously been some confusion as to which authority was actually responsible for repairing the damaged defences along the embankment.

Councillor Hassan said: “I have been campaigning for some time now for the various agencies to look at the problems being faced by residents in the Culmore area.

“One area that I felt needed special attention was the wall along the river front.

“I said there was a need for Department for Regional Development Roads Service to remove the sections of the railings at the roadside along the riverfront and replace it with a continuous solid stone wall in consultation with local residents and Derry City Council.

“We were informed in November that DRD has responsibility for the maintenance of the wall.

I also proposed a motion calling on Derry City Council to contact DRD and have the wall repaired as soon as possible.

“We have now received the good news that TransportNI (formally DRD Road Service) who has a responsibility for the maintenance of the wall has told us work will take place there.”

Work planned, Mr Hassan said, includes repairs to undermined sections of the wall between the junction of Ardan Road and Culmore Fort.

They will also include the replacement of a steel barrier on the Culmore Point Road with a masonry wall. It is hoped that the work will be carried out during the 2015/2016 financial year, but this looks likely to be subject to availability of funding.

In March 2014, Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill joined Colr. Hassan and officials from Roads Service, Rivers Agency and Derry City Council to examine the flood defences in the Culmore area of the city.

While there the group heard from Culmore Point residents to find out about their concerns.