Footpath scheme welcomed
A major footpath replacement scheme in the Bishop Street area has been welcomed by local residents, councillors and community workers.
Work began last week to replace footpaths at Long Tower Court following calls from local residents for the existing paths to be upgraded. Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue visited the area as work got underway to speak to local residents.
“This is great news for the residents of Long Tower Court,” she said. “I want to commend DRD Road Service for their prompt response to the issues we raised with them.
“At a meeting before Christmas with DSD, Roads Service, Derry City Council, the Housing Executive and the Triax team I made it clear that the residents of Long Tower Court had a number of issues they needed addressed.
“The fact that the footpaths are now being replaced is to be welcomed,” Colr. Logue added.
Colm Barton, of the Triax neighbourhood Management Team, also welcomed the start of the work. “This work is the latest in a series of actions that have been taken in Long Tower Court.
“Through genuine partnership working we have seen improved street cleaning, graffiti removal, improved physical infrastructure and now the new footpaths being installed.
“Whilst there remain outstanding issues it’s clear we are moving in the right direction and we will continue to work on all the issues,” he said.
A resident of Long Tower Court also welcomed the move and praised Roads Service.
“The footpaths around here had fallen into disrepair and we had been asking for them to be replaced so it is great that they have now started work on putting in new ones.
“There are a lot of older people around here and this will make it a lot easier for them to get around.
“As well as the local residents we also get tourists coming through here on their way to Long Tower Church from the Walls and Bishop Street so it is nice that the place will be looking well when the visitors are here.
“It’s nice to know that we are listened to so hopefully other things will be done in the area now too,” the resident said.
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