Council praised for help in addressing laneway problems

Mickey Cooper pictured at one of the laneways.
Mickey Cooper pictured at one of the laneways.

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has praised Derry & Strabane Council for its help in resolving a number of issues related to laneways in the Rosemount area.

Colr. Cooper said that over the past few months he has been working with officers and staff from Derry City and Strabane District Council to ensure that all gates with missing locks in the Rosemount area get replacements as speedily as possible.

“In the last few days keys have been issued to residents living beside the relevant gates and we will also be leafleting the residents in each street to advise them they can obtain a copy of the key for their own use,” Colr. Cooper said.

“This will hopefully stop people from outside the area using the back lanes to dump rubbish and prevent dogs from other areas getting into mews lanes to foul, which is a health hazard and is leaving an awful mess.

“It will also improve community safety by preventing the mews lanes being used by burglars as potential access points to local properties.”

The local council is arranging a one-off lift of excess refuse bags from the area before the new locks are issued .

“In addition,” Colr. Cooper said, “I have also met with council and local property letting agents to ensure rental tenants are aware of the implications of dumping excess rubbish in the area.

“I hope that this co-ordinated approach will see the mews lanes, which council kindly agreed to clean last year in advance of this new project, will remain in good condition going forward.”

Gated laneways have been introduced across a number of areas of Derry in recent years in a bid to eradicate anti-social behaviour, dumping of refuge and associated issues.

In one of the final acts of Derry City Council back in March, gating orders were issued for Rock Terrace, Westway and Madam’s Bank Road.