A former mayor of Derry has said there can be “no excuse” for illegal dumping of rubbish anywhere in the city.
Waterside Sinn Féin Councillor Lynn Fleming made the comment after large amounts of rubbish were dumped behind houses in the Celandine Court and Strabane Old Road areas of Derry.
Colr. Fleming visited the sites at the weekend with a local community worker to see the illegal dumping at first hand.
The former mayor said Derry City Council offers a free collection service for bulky items and encouraged people to avail of it instead of dumping their rubbish illegally.
“As a councillor for the area I condemn this thoughtless behaviour of dumping rubbish in a large green area between homes in Celandine Court and Strabane Old Road,” Colr. Fleming said.
The Sinn Féin representative also said it would take considerable time and cost to clean up the area.
“I was very surprised on visiting the site to see so much rubbish there.
“It will take several skips and many hours of work to get this cleaned up,” she said.
Colr. Fleming said Derry City Council-owned civic amenity sites have extended their opening hours in a bid to reduce so-called fly-tipping.
“There is no excuse for this indiscriminate dumping, the opening hours for the amenity sites have been extended for some time now,” she said.
The Waterside councillor encouraged anyone wishing to avail of the collection service to contact the Cleansing Department at the council offices on 71365151
“I would urge anyone who has large bulky items they want removed to contact the cleansing department at Derry City Council and make arrangements for its removal,” she said.
Local community worker Geraldine O’ Donnell said the activities of those who dumped the rubbish stand in stark contrast to the efforts being made to improve the area.
“People are working very hard in the Top of the Hill area to improve the lives of local residents.
“This sort of dumping just leaves an unsightly mess and is something that the area doesn’t want and doesn’t need,” she said.
Meanwhile, the organisers of a ‘bulky lift’ rubbish collection service which was carried out in the Bishop Street, Bogside, and Brandywell areas recently have said it was a “huge success” and that many items that could have otherwise been illegally dumped were disposed of responsibly.
The scheme was organise by the Triax neighbourhood management team in co-operation with Derry City Council and operated over a three-day period.