New gates installed at Derry’s trouble tunnel blackspot

SDLP Councillor Brian Tierney beside the gates at the underpass.
SDLP Councillor Brian Tierney beside the gates at the underpass.

SDLP Councillor Brian Tierney has praised all those involved in helping secure an area of Derry badly effected by anti-social behaviour.

Colr. Tierney was speaking after gates were erected at the underpass at Madams Bank Road in Shantallow.

He said: “I know residents in this area will also welcome this move, which would not have been possible without the multi agency approach which was adapted from the outset- everyone around the table including local housing associations, community groups,PSNI,PCSP, Transport NI, local Councillors and most importantly the people affected, the local residents.”

Councillor Tierney added; “As in other areas, there are plans to involve young people and residents in worthwhile projects which, I hope, will build relationships between them and help them understand each other.

“Gates like these are not ideal but in order to help protect people’s property and tackle anti-social behaviour, residents in the local area felt they were essential and I was glad to assist them in this first step in reducing the levels of anti-social behaviour.

“Credit must also go to the local housing associations both Habinteg and Apex who did all in their power to support their tenants,” Colr. Tierney concluded.