Sinn Fein Park and Craigbane has said the erection of eight bilingual road signs in Park Village is part of a wider scheme throughout the rural area.
Diarmuid Ward, a candidate for the Sperrin area in the upcoming local government elections, said the signs were installed in response to demands from local residents.
“In January 2013 the Kevin Lynch Cumann in Park/Craigbane submitted, with other local people, 28 applications to Derry City Council to obtain bilingual signage. Under the council’s plebiscite process 26 of these secured majority support. However, we discovered an anomaly in the council’s Irish language policy which differentiated between ‘street’ and ‘road’ signs, which was at variance with Six Counties’ local government legislation and the practice in neighbouring councils,” he explained.
Mr Ward said the anomaly was addressed after representations from his party. “We have now had the first phase of signs erected in the village, and expect that the remaining eighteen road signs will be in place later this year. A meeting is due shortly with Council officials to establish a time frame for the completion of all remaining signs.”
The candidate also said the new signs have been welcomed by the local community. “While it has taken much too long to move these proposals through the Council’s system local people are delighted to see the first results of our year-long campaign,” he said.