Derry & Strabane Council has confirmed that it is actively trying to locate the owners of land off Creggan Road amid safety concerns over its state of repair.
The Council was responding after Sinn Féin Councillor Colin Kelly called for a collective response from various agencies to resolve health and safety concerns along what is one of Derry busiest roads.
Colr. Kelly also said residents have described Ashfield and Kerr’s Terrace as the “forgotten street,” adding: “Residents of Ashfield and Kerr’s Terrace are at their wits end in trying to get a resolution to the problems with the walkways and steps right outside their homes.
“In speaking to many long terms residents, they are very angry about the current situation and have told me there have been problems with repair work and who is liable to carry out the work going back nearly 25 years.
“The steps are in a very dangerous state, plaster is falling off the wall out onto Creggan Road.
“This is one of the busy roads in the city with traffic and pedestrians.
“It’s very dangerous for many of the older residents using the steps to go down the town or to Mass. And is also very dangerous for children playing around the steps.”
Colr. Kelly said that residents were also finding it difficult to understand why the repairs and work needed could not be undertaken to coincide with the £multi-million investment under way across the street at Brooke Park.
He added: “Over recent months I have had an onsite meeting with the Environmental Health officer from the Council along with the City Solicitor. They have been trying to find out who has ownership of the land, steps and wall but as yet this still hasn’t been resolved. This cannot go on indefinitely I believe there needs to be collective approach from all agencies and get this work done before someone is seriously injured or part of the wall falls out onto the one of the busiest roads in the city.”