City park used as dumping site

Rubbish dumped at the park on Foyle Street.
Rubbish dumped at the park on Foyle Street.

Litterbugs have been urged to alter their behaviour or after rubbish was found dumped yards from bins at a city centre park.

Sinn Féin Derry City Councillor Colly Kelly has now urged people using city centre parks to ensure that they put all their rubbish into the bins provided.

His calls were echoed by Derry City Council, whose staff are involved in cleaning the city’s streets and parks on a daily basis.

Colr. Kelly spoke out after receiving complaints about rubbish being scattered across the Peace Flame park at Foyle Street across the road from the city’s Guildhall.

He said: “I was contacted by constituents who had taken their grandchildren down to the Guildhall to see the water fountains in the square .

“They parked their car and were walking through the small park facing the Guildhall and couldn’t believe their eyes that someone had strewn bags of rubbish across one of the grass sections.

“What made it worse is that there are two bins on either side of the grass less than a few yards from the rubbish.

Colr. Kelly added: “I would urge anyone using our city parks to respect them and use the bins provided.”

Praising local authority workers for the good work they do to make sure the city is kept clean, he added:

“Council staff are working night and day to keep our city centre clean the last thing they need is anyone making their job harder.”

A spokeswoman for Derry City Council said that the ground maintenance and cleansing staff work continuously to ensure that the city streets, parks, walkways and public spaces under its remit are kept clean, tidy.

She said they also continuously strive to ensure this is the case.

The council spokeswoman reiterated the need for everyone to help the council workers ensure that Derry was a place everyone could be proud of.,

She said the council “would urge members of the public to play their part in keeping the city clean by not dropping litter in public spaces and disposing of their waste responsibly all times”.

In the first 18 months since the introduction of fixed penalties for littering in October 2012, 640 people were fined and 50 prosecuted in Derry. The fine is £75, but reduced to £50 if paid within two weeks.