Fencing fresh air

Sir,

I would like to totally agree with Mr Kehoe, who wrote to the ‘Journal’ last week regarding the deprived, under-funded and under-consulted community in Rosemount and surrounding areas.

I myself was at the meeting in the Glen Community Centre, when it was agreed that there was to be a meeting in mid-January that has not materialised. But, then again, I am not surprised.

Last summer in a meeting with Derry City Council and Colr Maeve McLaughlin, it was the Council who said that they were putting a football pitch at the bottom of Baldrick Crescent and that the area would be fenced off. I spoke at length with the representatives from the Council, and was left under no illusion that what they proposed was, indeed, what we were getting.

Now I find out that the pitch, which is on the plans I have, may no longer be on offer. If that is the case, then what are the benefits of a fence? To protect what? A big green field with no amenities?

I, LIKE OTHER RESIDENTS OF THIS AREA, WILL BLOCK ANY PLANS TO SPEND £500,000 TO FENCE OFF . . . FRESH AIR!

I am not a sports-minded person, but I am aware of the needs of Glenowen, Rosemount and the Glen’s young and rapidly growing community.

All the statutory bodies hold meetings on anti-social behaviour, obesity, mental health and healthy living, spared space, social inclusion and equality. But this is not ‘reality’ - because this is not happening in the community itself. There is no equality from Derry City Council.

I was also glad to see that the Minister of the Environment, Alex Attwood, said Councils should have a duty to provide allotments where the ratepayers can grow their own fruit and vegetables. He said that Councils now need to develop strategies to make provisions for sufficient allotment space to meet demand.

Rosemount always had allotments, where Forest Park is now built and at the back of Templemore Park, facing into the Glen.

These problems are getting worse. At the weekend I personally found a 13 year-old girl lying drunk at the top of the steps at Baldrick Crescent. I phoned the police and while they were on their way, her friends dragged her down the path leading towards the Glen Road where there is no lighting, and the police had to Go down and try and find her. This young girl and her friends were from the Hazelbank area. There were also a number of attempts to burn wheelie bins over the weekend.

MY QUESTION IS - WHEN WILL THE TALKING STOP AND THE ACTION START?

Yours,

A very fed-up Rosemount resident, Julie Jones