New street lighting for Cedar Street and Glenview

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper.

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper.

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Sinn Fein Colr. Mickey Cooper.

TransportNI told the ‘Journal’ that the new energy efficient LED street lights would be of benefit to the local community.

“The scheme at Cedar Street/Glenview area will mean that local residents will benefit from the latest energy efficient LED lighting technology.

“It is anticipated the new lights will be working before the end of this week,” a spokesperson said.

The new street lighting announcement was welcomed by local resident, Barney Roberts.

“The street lights in my street have been awful in recent months. There are some parts of Cedar Street so dark you’d be afraid to go out to the shop at night because you couldn’t see where you were going.

“It’s great to finally see the new lights in the area. I can’t wait until they are on and working.

“It’s great news for all of the community but especially for the older people like myself living here,” added Barney.

Local Sinn Fein councillor for the area, Mickey Cooper, welcomed the announcement.

“I welcome the news that new street lights are being installed in the Cedar Street/Glenview area by TransportNI,” said Colr. Cooper.

“It follows lobbying by myself as a councillor for the area and the Glen Development Initiative (GDI) for improvements to be carried out,” he added.

Colr. Cooper went on to say the new lights will make for a safer environment.

“This investment will be very much welcomed as it creates a safer environment for residents and people travelling through the locality.

“It also builds on other work I’ve been doing in collaboration with GDI, Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC), the Housing Executive, Firmus Energy and other agencies which has seen derelict properties secured and rubbish removed from a large electricity substation in the area which had the potential to gather rodents.

“We have also seen and clean-up of mews lanes through collaboration with community groups and new gas pipeline installation.”

Colr. Cooper concluded: “Sadly we still have a situation where there is dumping in the mews lanes from a number properties and this is causing problems. I will be approaching landlords and other agents in the near future to advise them of the fines they are likely to face if their tenants do not respect the area.”