Residents take action over street lighting

Forest Park in Rosemount. DER5014MC020
Forest Park in Rosemount. DER5014MC020

Residents living in Forest Park in Rosemount are taking action over the street light situation in their area.

The problem with street lighting in the area arose after a lighting upgrade was carried out recently.

The layout of Forest Park is that there is a cul-de-sac at the back of the row of the houses and before the lighting upgrade it was lit-up by two street lights.

However, according to local Sinn Fein councillor, the lights were removed without consultation during the upgrade and steps leading in and out of the cul-de-sac are now in complete darkness.

Colr. Kelly, organised petition and it has been signed by residents living in 1 to 9 Forest Park.

The petition has been addressed to Department for Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy.

The Derry Journal received a copy of the letter which has been sent along with the petition to Minister Kennedy.

“In the case of Forest Park, where most of the residents are older people, the cul-de-sac is used on a weekly basis to take out bins for collection,” said Col. Kelly.

“Residents have no choice but to use the cul-de-sac for this purpose. Now that the lights have been removed, residents are unable to see what they are doing and risk falling, especially on the set of steps,” he added

Colr. Kelly went on to say that the residents and elected representatives locally should have been consulted before the lights were removed.

“The lights were removed from the cul-de-sac without consulting residents or elected representatives. A decision as impactful as removing lights from a space that is used regularly and used out of necessity certainly required consultation.

“Consultation would have identified the importance of the cul-de-sac and the role it plays for the residents. I believe that consultation should have taken place in order to properly assess the impact of removing the lights and to make a more informed decision.

“The residents from numbers 1 to 9 Forest Park have complained to me about the removal of the lights from the cul-de-sac and I have gathered a petition of their signatures which is enclosed with this letter.”

He added: “I hope the Minister will consider the points I have made and the petition from the residents, and that he will view these as evidence of the need to reinstate lighting in the cul-de-sac.”