Reilly calls on DRD to review process for adopting private land

SDLP Councillor, Martin Reilly.
SDLP Councillor, Martin Reilly.

SDLP Derry City Councillor Martin Reilly has supported residents from Copperthorpe in the Waterside who have been calling for their housing development to be adopted by Transport NI (formerly Roads Service) for some years now.

Colr. Reilly, who has been in consistent correspondence with Transport NI on the matter, said action “needs to be taken” in order for the issues to be tackled.

“Copperthorpe was built in 3 phases and residents in this part of the Waterside have expressed their concerns to me over the years about faulty streetlights, uneven footpaths and broken fences which are allowing livestock to enter the estate.

“These residents who purchased their own home now find the wider environment to be distinctly different from the glossy brochures available when they decided to buy in this area.

“Some of the properties in the 3rd phase of this development remain unfinished which adds to their concerns.

“Unfortunately, the developer of this site has gone into administration, and I have spoken to both Transport NI and the administrators of this site about these problems. Action needs to be taken on all 3 phases which are at various levels of completion.”

He added: “I have raised concerns with the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy of how the system has allowed the taxpayer to be exposed to additional costs which should have been borne by the developer.

“I am therefore calling for DRD to review this system to ensure that home buyers and taxpayers don’t find themselves in this position again.”