Action on 'unkempt' footpaths in Derry estate welcomed but much more TLC needed says MLA

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SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed steps from Department for Infrastructure Roads section to address the ‘overgrowth of shrubbery and unkempt nature of footpaths’ in the Westway area of the city.

The Derry Assembly Member has also raised further concerns with the Infrastructure Minister around the ‘poor state’ of footpath and road infrastructure in the surrounding streets in this part of the Creggan estate.

Mr Durkan said: “I’m pleased that DfI Roads have agreed to carry out maintenance works along the right-hand side stretch of Westway in the vicinity of the bungalows.

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“It follows concerns raised by several residents that the overgrowth of shrubbery and moss had rendered pathways slippery. Many of those living in the area are elderly individuals with limited mobility and what may seem a relatively minor issue to some, was impacting their daily lives and fear of falling when leaving or entering their home. Maintenance of these pathways will go a long way towards ensuring safety and accessibility for all residents.

The pathways at Westway.The pathways at Westway.
The pathways at Westway.

“I have been regularly assessing this area including the woeful state of the footpaths and road network. From uneven pathways to the complete erosion of road markings, this long neglected area is in dire need of TLC.”

The Foyle MLA said he is expecting the Department to act on the other issues identified.

“I’ve been pushing for necessary remedial action for some time- I’m hopeful that the Infrastructure Minister will help to secure the longer term repair work required to enhance the overall safety and aesthetic of the area.”

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