THE SDLP’s Mark H Durkan has blasted a response from DfI regarding the urgent maintenance of vandalised street lighting in the Central Drive area of Creggan as “disappointing”.
Following safety concerns raised with DfI, Mr Durkan has been advised that these columns will not be replaced until ‘resources become available.’
Said the Foyle MLA: “The response from DfI is hugely disappointing to say the least.
“Firstly, the vandalism of two lampposts outside Creggan shops must not and cannot be tolerated.
“The remaining stumps with exposing wires posed potential safety risks to residents, particularly children who frequent this area.
“And whilst I have received assurances that these columns have now been sealed and marked with hazard tape, I find this solution highly unsatisfactory.
“The vagueness in response alluding to lack of resources is simply not good enough.
“It calls into question a flagrant disregard of the needs of people in this historically neglected area of the city- not to mention the quality of utilities used by DfI given that this intentional damage was seemingly carried out with ease on not one but two lampposts.
“The vandals involved in this senseless destruction need to get a grip.
“This inconsiderate stupidity only serves to disadvantage those within their community.
“Considering these essential streetlights are directly outside local retail facilities and the area is therefore heavily utilised, DfI needs to find the resources to ensure they are fixed as soon as possible,” added Mr Durkan.