‘Roof could fall and kill my wain’ says Derry mother

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Moyola Drive residents say they fear a child could be killed if a porch roof in the area that has been deemed ‘unsafe’ collapses.

The roof is on the outer facade of one of the houses in Moyola Drive.

Moyola Drive resident Ann Lynch pictured with her children next door to a house where an outside roof has been deemed unsafe. Included in the photo is local Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan.

Moyola Drive resident Ann Lynch pictured with her children next door to a house where an outside roof has been deemed unsafe. Included in the photo is local Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan.

Ann Lynch, who lives next door to the house with the ‘unsafe’ roof, allowed the ‘Sunday Journal’ into her home.

It can be clearly seen from Ms. Lynch’s upstairs bedroom window that the roof next door is moving away from the rest of the house.

“I can’t even sit outside on my front step for fear of this roof coming down. If the roof comes down my wain could be killed,” said Ms. Lynch.

Mother-of-five, Eilish Kavanagh, lives on the other side of the house and she described it as a “death trap”.

The circled area in this photograph shows where the outer roof is breaking away from the rest of the house.

The circled area in this photograph shows where the outer roof is breaking away from the rest of the house.

“All you have to do is look at how close the roof is, not just to our front doors, but to the footpath out the front. The children are off school for the summer holidays so naturally they are out in the street playing.

“This roof is a death-trap - we are not looking for anything out of the ordinary - we just want the person responsible for the house to make it safe before someone is hurt or worse,” said Ms. Kavanagh.

Local Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan, met with the ‘Sunday Journal’ in Moyola Park and said he was doing everything he could to resolve the matter.

“This roof is unsafe and needs to be made safe before it’s too late,” said Colr. Hassan.

The outside roof of the house can be seen to be sloping away from the rest of the house in this photograph.

The outside roof of the house can be seen to be sloping away from the rest of the house in this photograph.

“The house has been lying empty for the last seven months and the problem with the roof has been going on for quite some time too. My worry would be that with all the heavy rain we are having would cause the roof to weaken further. I am going to ensure this issue is resolved as soon as possible,” he said.