Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has received confirmation that TransportNI, who have a responsibility for the maintenance of the wall along the Culmore river front, will be building a new wall there in the summer.
Colr. Hassan said he said addressing the issue of the flood wall was long overdue.
“I have been campaigning for some time now for the various agencies to look at the problems being faced by residents in the Culmore area. One area that I felt needed special attention was the wall along the river front.
“I said there was a need for TransportNI to remove the sections of the railings at the roadside along the riverfront and replace it with a continuous solid stone wall in consultation with local residents and Derry City Council. I even invited Agriculture Minister, Michelle O’Neill, last year to visit Culmore and while not all of the issues relating to flooding fell under the minister’s remit, Minister O’Neill did acknowledge that some of the agencies who have responsibility for flooding related issues are part of her department.”
Colr. Hassan added: “We were informed in November that TransportNI has responsibility for the maintenance of the wall. I proposed a motion calling on Derry City Council to contact them and have the wall repaired as soon as possible.
“I am pleased to have received confirmation today that Transporting NI will be building the new wall in the Summer (2015) once the Spring tides are finished.”