‘Landlords should provide bins’

Landlords in Derry’s university area must ensure that their tenants are provided with black and blue bins, a local councillor has said.

Northland Sinn Féin colr. Maeve McLaughlin made the call after receiving complaints that rubbish had been left in laneways in the area.

“The demographics of the area have changed over the last number of years with a lot of multiple occupancy houses and a large turnover in tenants. There seems to be a problem that when wheelie bins or lost or stolen from properties they are not being replaced which has resulted in a lot of rubbish being discarded in the laneways in the area,” colr. McLaughlin said.

The Northland colr. said Derry City Council have to pay for the area to be cleaned up. “The cost of these constant clean ups is being repeatedly left at the door of the Council and ultimately it’s the ratepayers who foot the bill of these extra costs in the end. It should be those behind the dumping paying for these cleanups not the ratepayers,” she said.

IN a direct appeal to landlords, colr. McLaughlin said; “I would appeal to landlords in the University area to ensure that they provide tenants with both the blue and black rubbish bins.

“There is no excuse for this indiscriminate dumping. If anyone has an item of furniture or bulky items that needs collected for disposal they should ring the City Council cleansing department to make arrangements for that to happen.

“There is a bulky lift scheme organised for Tuesday 29th November in the Rosemount area and I would ask residents to avail of this.”