Oak trees could soon be planted around the historic Long Tower church as part of a revamp of the area, a local councillor has said.
Sinn Féin colr. Patricia Logue said she has asked Derry Council to look into the tree planting to complement other upgrades in the area, including addressing parking problems in the streets around the church.
Colr. Logue said local residents had raised concerns about parking in the area for a number of years.
“There have been problems for some time with access around Henrietta Street which has directly affected residents living in Long Tower Court and parishioners of St Columba’s Church.
“We carried out a survey of local people to see what they thought would be the best option to resolve the ongoing problems there with traffic congestion, parking and safety of residents and children in the area going to local schools,” she said.
The colr. said the residents suggested a parking bay be included in the revamp. “The overwhelming majority of residents surveyed backed the option of a new lay out of the road with parking on one side of road, double yellow lines on the other with a new footpath.
“Hopefully this will address residents’ concerns and make it a lot safer for pedestrians and motorists,” she explained.
The Sinn Féin colr. also said the work would help improve the general area ahead of the opening of the Aras Cholmcille heritage centre
“It’s great that this work is taking place in time for the opening of the Aras Cholmcille heritage centre. The Aras Cholmcille Trust was set up to oversee and secure funding for the project to restore the listed school building and to create the heritage and interpretation centre. The project is funded and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the NI Tourist Board, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Derry City Council
“I am also speaking to Derry City Council to see if oak trees can be planted between House in the Wells and St Columb’s Wells to reflect the rich history of the area.”