A Carnhill grandmother has called on Derry City Council to be more proactive when it comes to clearing away wet leaves in the area.
Elizabeth Kelly and her daughter Jacqueline contacted The Sunday Journal after a family relative, who was carrying a one year-old child at the time, slipped on wet leaves outside their Carnhill home on Thursday evening.
“It’s so dangerous out there at the minute,” said Elizabeth Kelly.
“My son’s partner was returning to the car when the incident happened. In order to reach the main road from my house you have to climb about three or four steps. The leaves are wet and have gathered on the steps and that’s how my son’s partner slipped while carrying my grandchild.
“They are both very lucky not to have been seriously injured,” said Jacqueline.
Jacqueline told the Sunday Journal that she contacted both Road Service and Derry City Council to find out who was responsible for the upkeep of the footpaths in the area.
“They just fobbed me off. When I contacted the council they told me it was Road Service’s responsibility and when I contacted Road Service they told me it was the council’s.
“My brother went out and cleared the leaves himself but they are back again the next day. It’s not fair on the people of the area that when they contact the statutory bodies that they are passed around like I was. We just want something done,” she said.
Tony Hasson,Sinn Fein Councillor for the Greater Shantallow Area said he had been inundated with complaints from Carnhill residents about the lack of activity over the gathering leaves.
“Many people have raised this issue with me and I would call on whoever is responsible to get their act together and clean up the leaves otherwise someone is going to be seriously injured.”
When contacted by the Sunday Journal, a spokesperson for Derry City Council said:
“Derry City Council is aware of issues relating to fallen leaves and it endeavours to keep the footpaths as clear of leaves as possible.”