Removal of ‘anti community’ hotspot

Sinn Fein's Patricia Logue has welcomed improvement works in what was once an anti community hotspot.
Sinn Fein's Patricia Logue has welcomed improvement works in what was once an anti community hotspot.

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has welcomed the removal of an area adjacent to steps that lead from the Lecky Road to the Folly.

The area which was behind a stone wall was the site of much anti community activity over the years.

Colr. Logue said: “There have been on- going issues at this area alongside steps which link up with the area known locally as The Folly for many years. Much of this has been anti-community, underage drinking; and a lot of local people would avoid using the steps at night-time.

“I would like to congratulate the Housing Executive for carrying out this improvement work and removing what was an eyesore in this community for many years.

The steps are one of the main pedestrian links between the Bishop Street area and the Bogside and are widely used throughout the day by people going to Mass in the Long Tower Chapel, children and parents going to several local schools ,the Gasyard and local shops. And we have the beautiful recently opened Áras Cholmcille.

“Over recent years a lot of work has gone in the area to address many of the issues in and around the under pass .Trees and bushes have been removed and cut back, new lights have also been installed and graffiti cleaned up.The local TRIAX community team also have done an immense amount of work with community improvement schemes.”