Lucky no-one was killed, says Fleming

Colr.Lynn Fleming at the rear of the home in Tamney More.  (2808JB31)

Colr.Lynn Fleming at the rear of the home in Tamney More. (2808JB31)

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Tamneymore Park residents are living in fear for their lives after a large wall collapsed into a nearby garden, says Sinn Fein councillor Lynn Fleming.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service cordoned off the area in Gobnascale after the large concrete wall collapsed into a back garden on Wednesday night.

The rubble covered rear garden at the house in Tamney More.  (2808JB32)

The rubble covered rear garden at the house in Tamney More. (2808JB32)

“We are lucky we are not talking about a fatality,” Colr. Fleming told the Sunday Journal.

“Had anyone been underneath the wall when it collapsed they would have almost certainly have been killed.

“The family that live in the house have two young children and I dread to think what would have happened had they been outside playing when it happened.”

Colr. Fleming added: “As a result of the wall coming down, other families living in the area are afraid to step out into their back garden for fear of the incident happening again.”

Colr. Fleming said that the housing development is relatively new therefore residents should not have to endure such incidents.

She called upon the building contractor responsible for the construction of the houses, Kevin Watson Construction Ltd, to resolve the issue as a matter of urgency.

“The same thing could happen to at least ten other homes in the Tamneymore Park area. Tamnneymore Park is a recent development, some of the houses are only ten years old - this should not be happening and I would call upon the building contractor to come up with a solution as soon as possible.”

Building contractor Kevin Watson said that he had surveyed the wall and confirmed that remedial work would commence “as soon as possible”.