Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has said residents in the Bogside are aghast money has been set aside for injury claims but not pumped into what many would see as prevention measures.
She was speaking after residents called for the installation of dropped kerb to make easy wheelchair and pedestrian access in the Father Mulvey Park area.
“Residents have been in contact with me calling for drop kerbs to be installed to make access to their homes and footpaths easier, particularly for wheelchair access. This is a very settled community and has a high number of older people living in the area and we need to be doing everything we can to make it a better area to live,” said Colr Logue.
Colr. Logue said she brought representatives from TransportNI (the public body responsible for roads) to the Bogside area and remarkably, she said they agreed that there was a need for dropped kerbs.
“I did an onsite meeting in the Bogside with TransportNI employees regarding the dropped kerbs for the Father Mulvey Park, Eglinton Place, Lisfannon Park and Blucher Street areas.
“Sadly I was informed whilst it was agreed that there is a need for dropped kerbs and this location has now been added to the list that there is a year’s waiting list and it normally just three months for the process,” said Colr. Logue.
Colr. Logue claimed that it was ironic that the Minister in charge of TransportNI, Michelle McIlveen, had cut the budget for measures that would reduce the risk of accidents but had maintained the budget for compensation.
“The Minister has cut the budget for dropped kerbs, sign posting and filling in potholes if they are not a certain depth but ironically has kept budget for compensation.
“I will be writing to Disability Action about this as a matter of urgency. It’s disgraceful that people with disabilities are being treated in this way,” added Colr. Logue.
The ‘Journal’ contacted the Department for Regional Development but they did not responded to our query at the time of going to Press last night.