Sinn Féin Councillor Caoimhe McKnight has urged businesses in the greater Galliagh area to step up the security around their buildings to ensure that it is made as difficult as possible to steal wooden pallets.
She was speaking after an upsurge in problems being created by young people stealing pallets and then setting them on fire.
She said “Over the last couple of weeks I have been contacted by several residents expressing concerns of anti social behaviour in Galliagh particularly the burning of pallets.
I have been working with all relevant agencies to try and address the issue.
It’s very important to get the message out there before the summer holidays about the problems that are being caused by the theft and burning of the pallets.
I am putting a call out to local businesses, especially those in the Skeoge Industrial Estate to increase security or store pallets more securely . Local people have told me that they regularly see young people in the area on the lookout for pallets.
It also important that housing associations warn their contractors to carry out similar security checks on local building sites.
If we all work collectively together on this issue I believe it can only have a positive outcome in lessoning the impact in the use of stolen pallets.