Call to remove post from path

Sinn F�in councillor Gerry MacLochlainn pictured beside the metal post on Northland Road. (2501MM02 )
Sinn F�in councillor Gerry MacLochlainn pictured beside the metal post on Northland Road. (2501MM02 )

A local councillor has called for a metal post on the footpath at the Northland Road to be removed immediately, claiming it poses a danger to pedestrians.

Northland Sinn Féin councillor Gerry MacLochlainn made the call after being contacted by residents who were worried about the post.

The post was previously used as a pedestal for a large metal box which was used by postal delivery workers to store letters and parcels prior to delivery.

The box was removed a number of weeks ago but the post is still in place on the footpath, close to the junction of the Northland Road and Glen Road.

Colr. MacLochlainn said he has been contacted by a number of constituents about the post, which is around three feet tall.

“I was contacted by a member of the public who walks along the Northland Road on a regular basis who highlighted the hazards this metal post was creating for the general public and he was concerned pedestrians or young children could get injured by it,” he said.

The Sinn Féin colr. said he visited the area to see the post. “I went out to see for myself and whilst there is warning tape around the post, none the less there is a metal plate on top of this post at waist height which I believe could cause someone a serious injury if there was any sort of collision.

“I subsequently discovered there are similar posts in the Creggan area of the city,” he said.

Colr. MacLochalinn said that warning tape had been placed around the post but added that it is located on a dimly lit stretch of the Northland Road, popular with walkers and cyclists.

“I have been in contact with Derry City Council to ascertain who owns these posts and if there is ongoing work being carried out and if so it is carried out as soon as possible. And if not that these post are removed immediately,” he explained.

Colr. MacLochlainn also said he contacted the Post Office to find out if they are responsible for the post and was told that someone would look into the matter and respond to his concern.

The Sinn Féin councillor added that he hoped the metal post and others like it in other areas of the city can be removed as soon as possible.