This follows the news that an economically viable scheme has been identified by the Department for Infrastructure and will now go forward for design.
The Environment & Regeneration Committee agreed to Cllr. Reilly’s proposal to lobby the Department for Infrastructure on ensuring the necessary funding is in place to support the scheme.
Said Cllr Reilly: “The progress on the flooding alleviation scheme in Drumahoe has been painstakingly slow.
I share the frustration of residents who are understandably anxious that in the absence of such a scheme, devastating floods could threaten their homes once again.
“This worry is particularly exacerbated at times of heavy rainfall and has meant some residents are living in fear of such an event.
“I have consistently pushed for progress on this scheme along with my SDLP colleagues and I am glad that an economically viable scheme has been identified and will now progress to design stage.
“I am also pleased that the Committee also agreed to my request to lobby the Department for Infrastructure to establish clear timelines and commit to the necessary funding to support such a scheme.
“The residents of Drumahoe have waited long enough on this issue and I am determined to ensure that we make progress for the benefit of everyone in our community.
“This scheme is yet another example of a project that has not received the appropriate focus because of the lack of Ministerial accountability.
“If a Stormont Executive were up and running, SDLP MLA colleagues could press a new Minister for Infrastructure on progress and push for answers.
“Sadly, the DUP boycott is making that impossible.
“I hope that we urgently see a return of devolution to enable that crucial role to be fulfilled and advocate for projects such as this one which will be of huge benefit to people in Drumahoe and across the Waterside.”