There was uproar in Creggan this week after a considerable amount of household waste, including used nappies, was discovered in a laneway.
The rubbish was dumped illegally in a lane way between Creggan Heights and Rinmore Drive.
Local independent councillor for the area, Gary Donnelly, condemned those responsible.
“The illegal dumping of rubbish in this particular lane way is a historic problem but it’s completely out of control.
“I was contacted by several residents about the recent illegal dumping in the area and when I went along to investigate I couldn’t believe what I saw.”
Colr. Donnelly said the illegal dump was widespread and it was having a detremental impact on the local community.
The rubbish is all over the place and it’s attracting rats. I’ve even seen used nappies.Creggan Heights resident
“The people of this area shouldn’t have to be worried about letting their children out to play. This type of behaviour must stop and cannot be allowed to happen. The lane ways in Creggan are not personal dumping grounds,” said Colr. Donnelly.
Creggan Heights resident, Annemarie Moore, said the illegal dump was attracting rats and as a result, she can no longer let her 13 year-old son, who has Down’s Syndrome, out the back to play.
“There’s absolutely no call for it. It’s disgusting. The rubbish is all over the place and it’s attracting rats. I’ve even seen used nappies.
“It’s got so bad I can no longer let my son out to play for fear of what he might touch or pick up,” she said.
A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said that the issue of illegal waste in lanes and alleyways was a serious problem for the Council and something the organisation was working hard to alleviate by actively encouraging the public to dispose of excess waste at local civic amenity sites or to avail of the Council’s bulky waste service.
The spokesperson explained that while Council has no legal responsibility to clear lanes as they are private property, the Council regularly receives complaints and officers work closely with communities to address the issues raised. The spokesperson added that all refuse dumped in lanes will be checked for identification so that a fixed penalty notice can be issued.
“The Council works closely with communities and elected members to help us get the message out to residents that they are responsible for their waste and must dispose of it properly,” the spokesperson commented.
The spokesperson said Council had just recently carried out a major cleansing exercise in this area and was disappointed at this lastest irresponsible dumping. “Council will work closely with other statutory agencies, including the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, in addressing the problem”, the spokesperson added.