Rockmills is ‘hell on earth’

The Rockmills complex, Strand Road, Derry. DER0715MC050
The Rockmills complex, Strand Road, Derry. DER0715MC050

Residents living in Choice Housing’s Rockmills housing scheme have described the conditions there as “hell on earth.”

The ‘Sunday Journal’ met with and interviewed several residents, all of whom alleged that the issue of anti-social behaviour there is not being dealt with properly.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, has lived in the housing complex for 10 years.

In recent weeks, the resident said he caught men trying to light a fire in a stair well outside his front door and a few days later he was disturbed by a man riding a motorcycle up and down the corridor outside his home.

“We’ve [the residents] went public about this before but things are getting completely out of hand at Rockmills - it’s like hell on earth and the security is a joke,” said the man.

“There are parties going on to all hours seven days a week and the people at these parties are high on drugs and alcohol.

“Less than two weeks ago I spotted two men trying to start a fire in the stairwell outside my front door but the final straw came when, somehow, a man managed to get a motorbike into the building and was riding up and down the corridor outside my door - no one should have to put up with this,” added the resident.

A spokesperson for Choice Housing said: “The association has received a number of reports of anti-social behaviour at Rockmills. We have been working very closely with local residents in tackling these issues and remain committed to resolving them.

“Choice can confirm that night-time Building Supervisors are on site at the scheme on a shift basis. In addition, security services are on call 24/7 to respond to any reports of anti-social behaviour.

“The welfare of our tenants is highly important to us and we will take legal action, where appropriate, to ensure that all tenants can live in harmony together.

“The association will continue to consult with tenants to progress the refurbishment of Rockmills, including enhanced security at the scheme.”