Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the introduction of salt/grit boxes on some of the steepest streets in the Bogside area of Derry.
Councillor Kelly said:“I would like to commend Transport NI for the introduction of these grit boxes well in advance of the winter freeze.
“They have been installed in side streets just of the Lone Moor Road where residents always find it difficult to manage getting in and out of their homes in heavy frost or snow because the streets are very steep.
“The same goes for delivery lorries or the emergency services.”
Colr. Kelly said it was vital the new boxes were not misused.
“I would appeal to all communities to ensure that their local salt/grit boxes are not vandalised,” he said.
“There have been occasions in recent years with groups going home late at night or someone thinking it’s a funny to kick the contents of the grit box out or move it down a street. But clearly it isn’t.
Its takes a lot of lobbying with Transport NI to get these boxes put in place.
They serve a very practical but important essential service and are there for the specific reason of safety of residents, motorists and pedestrians.”