Thumbs up for residents’ gates

Mickey Cooper pictured at the entrance to Rock Terrace.
Mickey Cooper pictured at the entrance to Rock Terrace.

Confirmation that there have been no objections to gates being erected for residents at Rock Terrace has been welcomed.

The erection of the long awaited gates is expected to be rubber-stamped at the last ever full council meeting of Derry City Council this afternoon.

In what will be one of the council’s final acts before it is replaced by Derry City & Strabane District Council, Gating Orders are also expected to be approved for Westway and for Madams Bank Road at this afternoon’s meeting in the Guildhall.

Speaking ahead of the event, Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the news that there have been no objections to calls for the installations of the gates at Rock Terrace.

The move comes two years after Colr. Cooper first called for the gates, liaising with residents, DRD Roads service and Derry City Council.

Colr. Cooper said: “The plight of residents in Rock Terrace has been well covered in the local press over the years, particularly the problems they encounter at night time from large crowds of revellers.

Residents have been calling for the installation of gates on the street to try and resolve some of these night time issues.

“They want to feel safe in their homes, they want to know their cars are not going to get damaged and they certainly don’t want large groups of people entering their street late at night. We are now one more step on the road to these aims being met.”

He added; “In 2013 I called on DRD Roads Service to work with residents of Rock Terrace to fast-track their calls for the installation of gates on the street.

“I am pleased to have received correspondence this week to say there haven’t been any objections to gates and a paper is going to the Council this week to consider the gating order.

“I will now work with residents and businesses to secure funding which will hopefully bring the long running problems there to an end.”

Derry city Councill has previously approved a gating order for Forest Park in Rosemount back in July 2013.

DRD has also said there are no objections to the other two areas to be approved today, which have also been blighted by anti-social behaviour on a frequent basis.

Derry City Council is expected to pay around £4,500 to advertise the three schemes.