Referencing the growing popularity of Brooke Park among young families, following a £5.6 million regeneration project in 2016, Cllr Durkan has highlighted potential safety concerns given the absence of appropriate pedestrian infrastructure.
Said Cllr Durkan: “I have requested a meeting with DfI Roads to discuss the urgent need for pedestrian crossings on Creggan Hill, specifically opposite the entrance to Brooke Park.
“A number of residents, many with young families, have raised concerns about pedestrian safety on this very busy stretch of road.
“Since the ‘people’s park’ has come back into public use following an extensive regeneration project, this valuable civic amenity has become a social hub for people across the city.
“People access the park for a range of reasons, including use of the play-park, leisure centre, to enjoy the café or scenic views and it has grown in popularity among runners and dog-walkers.
“Given the Creggan Hill/ Creggan Road is one of the city’s main thoroughfares; traffic is generally heavy and consistent.
“The lack of a pedestrian crossing presents a very real safety issue for the increased numbers of children and adults crossing here. Considering the upcoming summer holidays this footfall is likely to increase.
“I hope I can reach a positive outcome with DfI Roads and implement some form of pedestrian safety measures as soon as possible.”