Community representatives in the Top of the Hill area have expressed concern following the discovery of drug paraphernalia in a local park.
A number of ‘bongs’ - used to smoke cannabis - and aerosol cans were found in buses at Corrody Road park in recent days.
Waterside Sinn Féin representative Bridget Meehan, who has been chosen to replace former councillor Lynn Fleming on Derry City Council, said parents in the area are concerned by the discovery.
“This is a very worrying development. There seems to be a rise in the number of such drug associated paraphernalia being discovered across the city in recent months.
“The bongs were found by a resident out walking his dog beside bushes at the only play facilities in the area. It’s a sad state of affairs but this once again highlights the need for secure play facilities for local children to play in without the risk of being exposed to material such as this,” she said.
Local community worker Christopher Jackson said: “It’s important that we highlight the dangers of drug taking and sniffing aerosols .We can’t wait until we have a fatality on our hands before we raise this issue.
“I would urge any young person in the area who may be caught up in this with peer pressure to seek help and support and sign up to a drug awareness course being run in conjunction with TOTH 2010, the Whistle Project and St Brecan’s youth club.”