The Department of Social Development has invested £150,000 in a unique project in the Triax area of Derry designed to improve the physical environment of the area.
The Tús Maith project, which involves removing graffiti, litter and illegal dumping, as well as helping residents maintain their gardens and homes, has also created four new jobs.
It was launched this week and Sean McMonagle, manager of the Triax neighbourhood management team (TNMT), said its impact is already being felt.
“For many years the TNMT has been working with residents and statutory agencies to improve the physical appearance of the area and in doing so improve the quality of life for residents living here. Now, with the support of DSD and the recruitment of four local workers we are excited to be in the position to officially launch Tús Maith/Fresh Start.”
Colm Barton, Environmental Development Worker with the TNMT said: “Over the next two years Tús Maith will be working right across the Triax area tackling litter, graffiti, illegal dumping and dereliction. We will be working for the residents, and with the residents, of the Triax area to improve the appearance of their homes, their streets, and the entire Triax area. If people have an issue, contact us and together we can work it out.”
Mr Barton continued: “Specifically we will be assisting more than 300 households in the Triax area to look after their gardens, taking part in an ongoing graffiti removal scheme and targeting more than 12 community hotspot areas to develop community based improvement initiatives. We will be working with residents and statutory agencies to make this happen and whilst there is a busy two years in front of us, I am convinced it will also be two of the most productive and exciting of years.”
Mr Barton added: “Tús Maith is new; it’s the first of its kind and is really exciting. It could not happen without the support and assistance of the DSD, who have really bought into the concept and put money into it. Similarly, without the practical and project support from NIHE, Derry City Council and DRD Roads Service, we would not be at this point.”