Children use puddle full of stagnant water as place to play

FLOODING. . . .Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hasson at the scene of the flooding at Rossnagalliagh yesterday. DER2915MC006
FLOODING. . . .Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hasson at the scene of the flooding at Rossnagalliagh yesterday. DER2915MC006

A flooded area of grass that has been used by local children for recreation has been described as a “health hazard” by local Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan.

Residents living in the Rossnagalliagh area contacted the local councillor after children were spotted swimming and playing in the water over the weekend.

“This water is stagnant and dirty. This is not a place for children to be playing - it’s a health hazard,” insisted Colr. Hassan.

Colr. Hassan said he is finding difficulty trying to find out which public body is responsible for the land but praised Derry City and Strabane District Council for showing good will and clearing the grass of the water.

“The children have no idea what it is in this water. It could have anything in it.

“I would like to thank Derry City and Strabane District Council for sending out a team to take care of the issue.

“They pumped the water out of the area and as a result it is not as bad as it used to be.

“I would appeal to parents to be wary where their children are playing.

“I will also endeavour to find out who is responsible for this land and ask them to install a sufficient drainage system to try and reduce the risk of this happening again in the future.”