Residents anger at missing lights in the Waterside area

Sinn Fein Councillor Christopher Jackson.

Sinn Fein Councillor Christopher Jackson.

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Residents in the Waterside have expressed dismay that lights outside their homes have been removed as part of an upgrade programme.

Waterside Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson said people living in the Hollymount Park area felt that on the contrary their lighting service had been downgraded.

He said: “There are serious concerns about the removal of the two streetlights that lit up each of the back squares in Hollymount, making residents feel vulnerable in their own homes and making it almost impossible for them to get their bin to the collection point at night.”

Mr Jackson said that he had contacted Transport NI (formally DRD Roads Service) a number of times on this issue, highlighting the anger felt by residents that the lights had been removed without consultation.

He said: “After numerous phone calls, letters and a site visit I have received a response from Transport NI. Transport NI states that these lights were removed according to current policy, and confirming that no plans are in place to replace them in the near future.

“I share residents’ frustration on this issue and can assure them I will continue to campaign to get these lights reinstated. I have written to the DRD minister requesting him to review the current policy and I will keep them updated on any developments.

“In the meantime if any resident feels particularly vulnerable, please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss any measures that can be put in place to help you.”