Work to start next week

A major new scheme designed to prevent flooding in the Lowry’s Lane area of Derry has been welcomed by Sinn Féin councillor Maeve McLaughlin.

The £40,000 scheme is set to begin next week.

The area, between the Glen Road and Hatmore, has seen flooding in the past during periods of heavy rain, and local residents have called for steps to be taken to deal with the issue.

Welcoming the move, the Northlands Sinn Féin councillor said: “I welcome news that this work is beginning next week, which will see a £40,000 flood alleviation scheme at Lowry’s Lane Park.”

Colr. McLaughlin said she hopes the plan will protect homes in the area from future flood damage.

“The work is to help reduce the flood risk to properties in the Hatmore Park and Glen Bank Road areas.

“It is expected that this project will take just under two months to complete,” she explained.

The Sinn Féin leader on Derry City Council also called on the contractors carrying out the work to engage with local residents in order to minimise disruption.

“The scheme is being undertaken by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Rivers Agency.

“I hope that inconvenience to local residents during this work is kept to a minimum.

“If any resident has any concerns they can contact me or Councillor Eric McGinley at 02871 377551,” she said.