Travellers halting site rubbish angers Ballyarnett residents

The scene at Ballyarnett Park yesterday afternoon. 1701JM50
The scene at Ballyarnett Park yesterday afternoon. 1701JM50

Household rubbish blowing into neighbouring properties from a Travellers halting site in Derry is angering local residents.

They have complained that the Travellers site at Ballyarnett Park has become a dumping ground for household rubbish, a local councillor told the ‘Journal’.

The situation has become a problems for people living as far away as Muff, with “rubbish blowing around in the recent windy weather”, SDLP Councillor Shaun Gallagher said yesterday.

He said that some members of the Travelling community were using the rear of a banking at the site as a “rubbish tip” for household waste and other items.

He added: “Obviously with the site in the current condition rubbish has been blowing all over the place - I have had complaints from residents in Ballyarnett Village and there’s also rubbish strewn all over Ballyarnett Country Park. There have even been complaints from people living across the border in Muff following the recent high winds, which blew items of rubbish all over the countryside.”

Colr Gallagher said reported the situation to the Housing Executive, which is responsible for the upkeep of the site. He said he was assured that a clean-up operation would take place by yesterday afternoon.

“I am pleased that the Housing Executive has given a guarantee to clean up the site ,” he said.

Wenda Mason of the Housing Executive told the ‘Journal’: “The Housing Executive received reports of rubbish at the Ballyarnett Halting Site towards the end of last week and immediately issued orders to the contractor to have this removed as soon as possible.”

“Our staff have been out today to check the site and the contractors aim to have the work completed today. In addition the Housing Executive is arranging to have the site inspected three times a week to ensure the bins provided are being used and the site is kept tidy,” she added.