Kelly encourages public to respond to consultation on social housing

Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly  has expressed concerns about proposals in the Department for Communities for a review of social housing allocations.

Councillor Kelly  said:

“The crisis in housing provision, particularly the shortage of social housing, but also the lack of site accommodation and adapted homes should be a clarion call for change.

“Many of the proposals outlined are about hiding problems rather than tackling them.

“They are about getting those responsible for the provision of housing off the hook without changing conditions on the ground. They are about reducing the appearance of need not addressing it.

“People without a home or who are living in overcrowded conditions or who are living in poor quality housing without security or certainty, those paying unreasonable rents or without appropriate accommodation to meet their needs, will not find improvement and progress as a result of these proposals.

“Sinn Féin are encouraging people in Derry  to respond to the consultation and make their views known to the Department.

“Housing inequalities must be properly addressed. This consultation proposes removing points from families who have been on the housing waiting list for too long rather than supporting them.”

Appeal for safety fence on Lecky Road Flyover to be repair -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has contacted Transport NI to carry out urgent repairs to safety netting /fence which is damaged on the Lecky Road Flyover.

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Councillor Kelly said “I am urging motorists to be careful whilst travelling up the Lecky Road Flyover due to the safety wire on the barriers which seems to have been damaged, is hanging off out onto the roadway.

I have reported this to Transport NI and asked them carry out urgent repairs to safety wire as a matter of urgency.

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Residents parking in Bogside

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said “I am glad that the Permanent secretary to the Department of Infrastructure has now set out a timeline in a written to response to Karen Mullan MLA .Sinn Féin have been campaigning for a residents parking scheme in the Bogside from as far back as 2007.They have met with residents from the area on many occasions over the years.

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The Triax management team have also been working very hard on the issue and have collected surveys of resident’s views on any proposed scheme and facilitated a public consultation on behalf of the then DRD Roads Service.

This has been a very long campaign and the issue of residents parking has constantly been caught up in red tape.Its good to finally see light at the end of the tunnel.

Kelly urges support for annual Trocaire Christmas appeal

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has appealed to people in Derry ,Donegal and Tyrone to support the  annual Trocaire Christmas appeal.

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Councillor Colly Kelly said “”The annual Christmas Trócaire appeal is a very worthwhile cause as it helps to bring about positive and lasting changes in some of the world’s poorest places.

I would appeal to as many people as possible to purchase  a sustainable and ethical gift from the Trócaire Gifts range for Christmas 2017. The recipient receives a beautiful card with details of the gift. The gift is sourced in the country and given to a family in need.

“I would like to congratulate Trócaire for all their efforts and help in emergencies and disasters that have affected many parts of world in the past twelve months .The work they carry out is invaluable.

Kelly welcomes preparations for winter roads in Bogside

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the introduction of salt/grit boxes on some of the steepest streets in the Bogside area well in advance of the winter period

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Councillor Kelly said “I would like to commend Transport NI for the introduction of these grit boxes well in advance of the winter freeze.

They have been installed in side streets just of the Lonemoor Road where residents always find it difficult to manage getting in and out of their homes in heavy frost or snow because the streets are very steep. The same goes for delivery lorries or the emergency services.

I would appeal to all communities to ensure that their local salt /grit boxes are not vandalised.

There have been occasions in recent years with groups going home late at night or someone thinking it’s a funny to kick the contents of the grit box out or move it down a street. But clearly it isn’t.

Its takes a lot of lobbying with Transport NI to get these boxes put in place.

They serve a very practical but important essential service and are there for the specific reason of safety of residents, motorists and pedestrians.

 

 

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Appeal following local workers having to work in freezing conditions

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has appealed to businesses in the retail and hospitality sector in the city to show consideration for workers who have to spend their working day at the entrance to their premises during the winter months.

 Councillor Kelly said  “It was brought to my attention in a conversations i had with  local workers who have to sit with  coats and fleeces on them all day it was that cold because they had to work at a  till right beside the door.

If you happen to go to many of the businesses in our city you will find a lot of workers in similar situations. They are working beside electric sliding or revolving doors and they are getting the full elements of cold weather  off and on all day. People don’t like complaining or don’t want any hassle at work so they just grin and bear it.

But they shouldn’t have to work in these conditions. It’s important that businesses ensure that they have adequate heating beside workers on the front line. The temperature of a work place should provide reasonable comfort without the need for special clothing.

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Sinn Féin seek more resources for schools

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged the Department of Education to ensure that school budgets are adequately resourced.

The party Education spokesperson on Derry City and Strabane District Council was commenting after 375 schools wrote to the British Secretary of State regarding difficulties in their budgets.

“Sinn Féin have met with senior departmental officials this week to press for school budgets to be protected,” he commented.

“Children should not have to pay the price for Tory-Dup austerity.

“Pressure from Sinn Féin secured additional resources for the Education budget in July and October and it remains our position that school budgets should be adequately resourced.

“We will continue to argue for additional resources for education.”

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Man shot in the Bogside

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly commenting after a man was shot at a flat at Gartan Square in the Bogside area of Derry on Wednesday night.

Speaking from the scene tonight he said “It’s important to repeat the message that there is no place for guns or such actions on the streets of our city.

“I would appeal for anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

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Kelly welcomes Bogside bulky lift initiative

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that a bulky lift/clean up initiative is to take place in the Bogside area today Tuesday 7th November from 08.00am.-2.00pm

Organised by the Council & the Triax neighbourhood management team

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The areas covered is from Creggan St/William Street right out to Dove Gardens/Stanley’s Walks and all streets in between.

Councillor Kelly said

“I welcome the news of this bulky lift scheme in the Bogside on Tuesday.This comes on the back of other environmental initiatives in the area over the past year.

“I would appeal for people to take pride in their area and refrain from any type of fly tipping. There is no excuse for this indiscriminate dumping. If anyone has an item of furniture or bulky items that needs collected for disposal they should ring the City Council cleansing department to make arrangements for that to happen.

“These bulky lifts and clean ups give the local residents pride in their area and a sense of ownership and responsibility through community participation.

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Kelly calls for an immediate halt to Universal Credit

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has called for an immediate halt on the implementation of Universal Credit.

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“The implementation of Universal Credit should be halted immediately.

Universal Credit is a policy that is riddled with faults, complications and delays. It is a policy that was supposedly designed to simplify the benefits system but has actually caused more hardship and deepened poverty.

The reality is that Universal Credit is an instrument of the Tory war on the most vulnerable in our society.

In the north we have provided a support package that is not available elsewhere, but this can only mitigate Tory cuts. The only answer to the problems associated with Universal Credit is to end Tory austerity and their ideologically driven assault on our public services.”

Residents erect road safety signs in Grangemore

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has supported residents in the Grangemore, Ardgrange housing developments who this week erected road safety signs in the area.

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Councillor Kelly said “These are two very large developments with several hundred homes, so it always very busy with traffic anytime of the day or night.

I would get regular requests from residents for the implementation of more traffic safety measures in the area.

Residents I have spoken to are greatly concerned about this they have told me that they were fed up waiting on safety signs so they on bought ones themselves and have erected them this week. This may be not ideal but if it saves one life then it’s worth it.

I would urge motorists to slow down whilst travelling through the area and to adhere to the speed limits in place in a built up.

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Kelly urges road users in NW to remain cautious

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged road users to exercise caution and remain vigilant as the clean-up operation continues after Storm Ophelia.

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He said:

“The clean-up work to clear roads of debris has started. I urge all road users in Derry and Donegal to take extra care of loose debris while this work continues and to be mindful that further tree falls are possible.

“Road users should reduce their speed, stay well behind the vehicle in front and always wear their seatbelt.

“We have been assured that the Department will continue to work with other response agencies and local government as part of the multi-agency response as repair and clean-up work begins.”

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Burst water main causing considerable disruption in parts of Creggan – Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has said a burst water main caused considerable disruption in the Creggan Heights area on Saturday morning.

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Councillor Colly Kelly said

I was contacted by residents early on Saturday morning saying there was a flow of heavy water running down through Creggan Heights at a very fast rate.

When I went to the area I seen how bad it was .This burst was coming up through the footpaths and actually swelled parts of the footpath the force of the water was so strong.

I contacted NI Water who turned off the flowing water in that area and will be working to fix what seems to have been a burst main pipe on top of what was a night of heavy rain.

If any resident has any more concerns they should feel free to get in contact with me and if there are any more updates over the next few days I will keep them informed.

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Kelly urges caution on roads as schools return after holidays

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Councillor Colly Kelly has urged motorists to show due care and attention as the local schools return after the holidays.

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Councillor Kelly said “With schools in Derry returning after the summer holidays I would urge motorists to show extra due car and attention on the roads particularly in built-up areas.

The volume and speed of traffic travelling through all areas in our city has increased over the last few years.

There will be an increase of children out on about walking to school, using bus stops and local shops, and it will take motorists a few days to get adjusted.

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Increased demand for passports highlights need for Passport Office in Derry – Kelly

Speaking after new figures show that the number of Irish passports issued in Britain is set to double this year compared with the last full year before the EU referendum, Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has said.cityside-candidates-for-2014-kevin-patricia-colly-and-liam-c-mc-menamin-pics-239-438x450-copy

“The demand for Irish passports has increased in Britain and the North since the Brexit Referendum as Ireland will remain inside the European Union.

“This is an indicator that many people living in the North, Britain and Europe that have Irish connections are looking for Irish passports in order to safeguard their position for the future.

“This is not surprising when we consider the detrimental impact Brexit is having on Ireland and Irish people who wish to reaffirm and retain their Irish and EU citizenship.

“These figures also highlight the need for a dedicated Passport Office facility in the North that can meet the demand there as well as act as a further support for the applications coming from the rest of Ireland and Britain. I have been constant in calling for an office to be opened up here in Derry.

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Common sense urged over parking at Brooke Park -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged motorists to use common sense if visiting the new Brooke Park .His comments follow concerns about cars being parked on the pathways leading from the children’s park or leading to the large green space in front of the café there.

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Councillor Colly Kelly said “We know that since the park opened it has far exceeded its expectations in regards to its popularity and the amounts of users.

With the summer now on us and spells of good weather the park is packed.I have been contacted by a number of users over recent days concerned about motorists parking in front of the pathways leading from the children’s park or leading to the large green space in front of the café.
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This is creating obstacles for anyone pushing a pram or wheelchair users and even motorists trying to turn their cars to leave the park.

I would urge anyone using the park to use a bit of common sense and do not block the pathways that way we can all use the park safely.

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Kelly welcomes launch of new JAM Card and app

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly “People with disabilities do not have the same opportunities and face barriers when studying, when looking for a job, when travelling, when purchasing goods and services or simply when accessing information that most of us do not have to face.

Key to breaking down barriers would be having access to public transport .It’s great that the new JAM Card and app will go some way in doing that.

The app designed by the NOW Group allows people with communication barriers such as learning disabilities/difficulties, autism, Asperger’s or a brain injury to alert front line public transport staff discreetly that the card-holder needs Just A Minute of patience and time when interacting with them.

Trees to be cut back on busy Northland Road –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that Transport NI is to prioritise the trimming back of trees in an area along the Northland Road close to the AXA building.

 

Councillor Kelly said “I received a number of queries about overgrown trees along the main Northland Road close to the AXA building.

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Councillor Colly Kelly

The area along the Northland Road, from the roundabout right up to the junction the trees are all overgrown and out over the footpath.

 

Pedestrians are being forced to walk right on edge of the kerb or step out onto the road to avoid them.

 

I am glad to receive the news from Transport NI the work is programmed, with a view to making it priority.

 

Hopefully this will improve road safety in this busy area of the city.

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Irish Government must open passport facility in the North –Kelly

Commenting on figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs to thejournal.ie today that there are currently 65,916 passport applications awaiting processing, Councillor Colly Kelly has reiterated his call for the Irish Government to invest to meet the rising demand for Irish passports.And for a passport office to be opened  in the North.

Councillor Colly Kelly said;

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Councillor Colly Kelly

“Today’s figures are startling but not entirely surprising when we consider the detrimental impact Brexit is having on Ireland and Irish people who wish to reaffirm and retain their Irish and EU citizenship.

“The figures released to thejournal.ie show yet again, the upward trend in passport applications, which Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile and others have been flagging to the Irish Government since the vote on Brexit took place last June.

“There is no question that Passport Office staff have been working diligently, under unprecedented demand and pressures since the Brexit vote and our sincerest thanks goes to them. Our constituency offices in Derry have been very busy over recent weeks dealing with passport queries.

“What the Irish Government can no longer deny however is the ever increasing demand being placed on staff within the Passport Office as a result of this huge increase in applications. The Government must urgently review their resourcing of this office in order to support staff and meet the identifiable need that will continue to rise.

“Given the fact that over ten thousand of the current applications awaiting processing are coming from the North, it makes absolute sense for the Minister to look at my long-standing appeal to his predecessor, that his Department open a dedicated Passport Office facility in the North that can meet the demand there as well as act as a further support for the applications coming from the rest of Ireland and Britain.  I have been constant in calling for an office to be opened up here in Derry.

“Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile will be seeking a meeting with Minister Coveney to discuss this matter as soon as possible, as well raising it with wider Government on the floor of the Seanad once again.”

Derry rally for marriage equality -Kelly

inn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly speaking after Sinn Féin Youth held a rally in support of equal marriage being extended to the North of Ireland.

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“I would like to thank Sinn Féin Youth for organising the event and everyone who showed their support for the rally on Saturday afternoon in Derry City centre.

Citizens living in Derry and across the North should have the same rights as those living everywhere else on the island, including marriage equality.

We need to see progressive politics here and equal marriage threatens no one.

Sinn Féin is committed to seeing it extended across the island and to opposing homophobia, sectarianism, sexism and all other forms of discrimination wherever they occur.

We want pluralist rights based society as set out in numerous agreements, not a return to the status quo.”

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Kelly urges support for summer blood donation sessions

Councillor Colly Kelly said “Blood donation is very important for the proper delivery of health care. Each year thousands of patients require blood transfusions in our hospitals, because they are undergoing surgery, recovering from cancer or have been in a serious accident.

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There is a lot of pressure placed on the Blood Transfusion service particularly over the summer with people being away on holidays. They have said that the need for blood is constant, with hundreds of patients in the north needing transfusions each week, but at this time of year it can be particularly difficult to maintain their blood stocks.

 

I would urge anyone who can, to go along to the blood donation session at the Guildhall in  Derry on the following dates

Date: 06 Jun 2017

Session Times: 1330 to 1600 & 1715 to 2000

Date: 07 Jun 2017

Session Times: 1330 to 1600 & 1715 to 2000

Weekend trouble at Lecky Road Flyover

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“I received a number of complaints from motorists caught up in this nonsense on the Lecky Road Flyover.

Around 7pm on Sunday night a small group of young people threw a couple of wooden pallets on the roadway at the narrow section at the bottom of the Flyover and set them on fire.

This meant any traffic travelling down Flyover had to do a u turn and go back up the hill again.

Motorists and local residents are sick sore and tired of this carry-on.

People are out  enjoying the good weather and it is sad a very small minority are intent on wrecking and breaking.

Concerns over the state of the roadway in large Derry developments -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has raised the concerns over the state of the roadway, road markings in the Grangemore –Ardgrange area with Transport NI.

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Councillor Colly Kelly

 

These are two very large developments with hundreds of homes connected with main one access road.

 

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“The Grangemore and Ardgrange areas have grown considerably in recent years and with many young families.

 

I was contacted by a number of local residents and met with them this week to discuss concerns they have over the speed, the volume of traffic travelling through the area and lack of road markings there.

 

I have now written to Transport NI requesting an onsite meeting looking to go through the various aspects concerning residents.  

 

These are two very large developments with several hundred homes, so it always very busy with traffic anytime of the day or night .I would urge motorists to slow down whilst travelling through the area and to adhere to the speed limits in place in a built up area.

Someone could be killed -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has appealed to parents to warn their children about the dangers of crossing the busy Lonemoor Road and appealed to more people to use the pedestrian  crossing a few yards away.

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Councillor Colly Kelly

Councillor Kelly said “I have been approached by a number of residents and motorists concerned that  there could be a very serious accident at the junctions of Blighs Lane and Lonemoor Road following a number of incidents there.

One motorist reported to me a group of children on bikes came down the hill at Bligh’s Lane didn’t stop at the junction and flew straight out in front of him and he said it was sheer luck they didn’t hit his car with awful consequences.

Residents I have spoken to would tell you this is a common occurrence at this junction with small children also taking changes running across the road. A lot of time cars are travelling in excess of the 30mph on this stretch of road.

I would urge local parents to tell their children about the dangers of crossing this busy road and would encourage more people to use the pedestrian crossing a few yards away.

Kelly proposes DCSDC send condolences and solidarity to Irish Coast Guard.

Chair of Environment and Regeneration Comittee Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has requested that Derry City and Strabane District Council send a letter of condolences to the family and colleagues of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick who tragically lost her life while on a rescue mission with the Irish Coast Guard off the Mayo Coast in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Councillor Colly Kelly

Councillor Kelly proposed that the Council ‘on behalf of the citizens of the District express sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, who has lost her life as a result of the R116 Coast Guard helicopter crash off Blacksod Bay Co Mayo and solidarity with those involved in the combined rescue services that continue in efforts to find the remaining missing crew members. They are in all of our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Councillor Kelly said:

“It was with deep sadness that we heard of the tragedy which occurred off the Mayo Coast in the early hours of Tuesday morning when an Irish Coast Guard helicopter crashed into the sea with four crew members on board. While Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was rescued she unfortunately died a few hours later.

“As we are acutely aware, the Irish Coast Guard is called into action regularly on rescue missions in all 32 counties of Ireland to fishermen, seafarers, and many others who have gotten into difficulty over the years. I want to pay tribute to their dedication and send a message of solidarity to all the emergency services who are currently involved in the search for the remaining missing crew members. We can only imagine how difficult it must be to be involved in such a search, especially when it involves colleagues in service.

“On behalf of the citizens of Derry City and Strabane District Council I recommend that a letter of condolences on the death of Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and thoughts and prayers for the families of the three missing crew members be sent to the Irish Coast Guard.”

Vandals start fire at Bogside Brandywell Republican Monument

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has condemned vandals who started a fire within yards of the Bogside and Brandywell Republican Monument overlooking the Lecky Road on Thursday night.20170309_205150

Councillor Kelly said “I got a phone call from a local resident just before 9pm to say trees within yards of the main monument were on fire. When I went there I was met by a group of 6-8 young  people aged between 15-17 years old. The flames were shooting up from the trees and they had an old sofa sitting right in the middle of the monument.

A number of local residents also came on the scene and were met with a lot of verbal and bad language from the group before they ran off up the banking towards Bishops Street.

Thankfully the Fire Brigade were quickly on the scene and put the fire out.

He went on to say

I would just make an appeal for people to respect the area in and around this monument which is dedicated to the memory of the Republican patriot dead from the Bogside ,Brandywell and Bishop Street areas .And for this nonsense to stop.

Appeal after Rosemount shop robbery – Kelly

Commenting after the robbery of a shop at the junction of Creggan Hill and Westway last night .COLLY

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly  said “There is only so much the owners of such premises can do to protect staff and their businesses against these criminals preying on our communities .I would urge anyone with information on this robbery to contact the police.

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Kelly calls on public to recycle their festive rubbish

Chair of the Environment and Regeneration Committee Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly  has called on people in Derry and Strabane to recycle their rubbish from the festive season including Christmas trees.

At this time of year many households  find they have more rubbish than usual ,additional packaging from gifts, decorations, and food increase. It’s important that residents make full use of your blue bin and recycle their cards, paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, tins and cans.

 

Encouraging everyone to make full use of the recycling centres  Councillor Colly Kelly  said: 

 

“We all have a responsibility to protect and conserve the environment, and everyone can do their bit by recycling rubbish rather than throwing everything in their black bin.

 

“It takes just a few minutes to separate things like Christmas cards, used wrapping paper, boxes, plastic, aluminium cans and tins from things that can’t be recycled. Christmas trees can be left at any of our recycling centres. 

 

“The main message we need to get out in 2017 is to reduce the amount of waste we produce, reuse things like plastic bags, plastic containers and glass jars.”

 

 

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Youths attempt to vandalise road traffic signs -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has appealed for young people not to vandalise traffic islands on the Lonemoor Road.

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Councillor Kelly said “I was contacted by a motorist who was angered that a group of  young lads were attempting to damage signage on a traffic island at the junction of the Brandywell  Road and Lonemoor Road.

He said the young lads were laying across the plastic traffic signs trying to break them .When he shouted at them to stop they ran off down the Brandywell Road.

They may not understand the serious of their actions. This section of road has seen a number of very serious accidents over recent years road signs and markings are very important in efforts to prevent any accidents. So I am making appeal for a bit of common sense here and would appeal for this to stop.

Lonemoor /Braehead Roads tops list for traffic calming – Logue

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has welcomed the news  that the Lonemoor Road has been placed at number one in the priority list for a traffic calming scheme. And the Braehead Road at number three on list.CVz6GH9XAAAjCyt

Councillor Logue said “I welcome the news that the section of Lonemoor Road in the vicinity of the Showgrounds area and the Braehead Road at Nixons Corner have been deemed suitable for traffic calming measures.

Lonemoor Road was assessed for traffic calming during 2016 and as a result is now currently placed at number one in Transport NI priority list.

They intend to take forward this scheme during the 2017/18 financial year notwithstanding any objections to the scheme.

The Braehead Road has been placed at number three and will proceed in 2018/19 if no other scheme scores higher that it in the intervening period.

I have been lobbying for traffic calming measures on both roads for some time now following concerns being raised with me by local residents about road safety.Hopefully these schemes will now be able to proceed as planned.

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Appeal after vandalism attack on city centre Christmas decorations –Kelly

Chair of the Environment and Regeneration committee on Derry City and Strabane District Council Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has appealed for attacks on the Councils  Christmas decorations, trees  and lights in Derry City centre to stop.image

He was speaking after a number of vandalism incidents in recent weeks.

Councillor Kelly said “It’s very sad that I have to make a public appeal for these vandalism attacks to stop.

There have been five attacks on the Christmas trees in the city centre that we know of, two in Waterloo Place, two on the tree in the Guildhall and the most recent was on the one in the grass area beside the Guildhall on Monday night of this week.

A lot time, effort and ratepayers money is spent in making our city centre look its best for the festive season. The last thing we need is for  these mindless  attacks to take place.

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Huge demand highlights need for Irish Passport Office in North – Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said that calls for a Passport Office in the North are fully warranted and justified.

Speaking after the Irish Passport Office announced that a record breaking 700,000 Irish passports have been issued so far this year:

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“News that a record breaking 700,000 Irish passports have been issued so far this year shows that my calls for a Passport Office in the North are fully warranted and justified.

“An office in the North would greater enfranchise people across Ireland and help to ease the burden on staff. In June of this year i called on the Irish foreign affairs minister Charlie Flanagan to open a passport office in Derry.

“The British Government’s intention to drag the North out of the European Union leaves the island of Ireland facing potentially the most destabilising period since partition.

“Following the EU Referendum result the demand for Irish Passports in the North has only increased.

“The increase in the number of Irish Passport applications also reiterates that the Irish government has a duty to represent best interests of all Irish citizens in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.”

World AIDS Day today Thursday -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly lighting a candle to remember World Aids Day, which takes place today  Thursday   December 1st

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“World AIDS Day, is a day in which the world comes out in solidarity and support for those who are living with HIV and AIDS.

“The Red Ribbon is the international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness and is used to promote awareness and support of a worthy cause and to remind others of the need for their continued support and commitment.

“We must constantly be proactive in supporting prevention awareness programmes for HIV in Derry and across Ireland, these programmes must be sustained and given the proper funding to help reduce the levels of new infections and put in place the support services that are needed for caring for those suffering with HIV.”

Glenowen could be waiting 15 years for traffic calming scheme –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has said it is totally unacceptable that Glenowen could be waiting anyhting up to 15 years to get traffic calming measures.

He was speaking after he received correspondence from Transport NI on the issue.

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Councillor Kelly said

“There are two elements to the traffic problems faced by residents, pedestrians, and road users in the greater Glenowen area. Residents had contacted me concerned about the speed of the traffic travelling through the estate and the need for some form of traffic calming.

The second concern was the dangers particularly for local young children crossing the Bywash /Creggan Road to go to school or catch the bus. Anyone who uses this road on a daily basis knows the high volumes of traffic that use it particularly during rush hour and the dangers that this presents. It’s also very hard for motorist to exit out onto Creggan Road from Glenowen.

We carried out a petition in the development calling for the installation of traffic calming measures in consultation with residents and we engaged with residents got a very positive response.

The areas was last assessed for traffic calming features in 2012 .At the time it had a score that placed it at number 42 on the traffic calming priority list we are now being told that it sits at 45 on Derry City & Strabane Council Area priority list.

More worrying is the fact that Transport NI have told me that they only have the funding to carry out two traffic calming programmes this year .So in real terms if the same level of funding was available each year it could mean even with bit of good luck along the way that Glenowen could be waiting anything up to 15 years or more for a scheme to take place. That’s just a shocking timescale.

Residents are now calling on Transport NI to look at both aspects as a matter of urgency and move on these issues.

Fidel Castro remembered at Free Derry Wall

The Cuban national flag was raised at Free Derry Wall on Saturday afternoon as a mark of respect following the death of Fidel Castro; similar events took place in Belfast and Dublin.15220238_10154773332718914_8081437807441032440_n

Commenting Councillor Colly Kelly said “It was important that following the death of Fidel Castro this mark of respect was carried out at Free Derry Wall. The people of Derry have always had a great affinity for the people of Cuba and places like Palestine, the Basque country and South Africa.

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Car hits wall of house in Grangemore

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly commenting  after a car hit a perimeter wall of a house in Grangemore Park on Fruday night.

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Councillor Kelly said “This must have been a very frightening experience for anyone caught up in this incident.

Anyone living in Grangemore would tell you that this is a very busy road with traffic and pedestrians going to and from the local shops.

It was a very foggy night and there was a lot of ice about  so this could have been much worse.

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Praise for quick response to fix crossing traffic lights on busy road –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly “I received a number of phone calls from residents in Grangemore and Cashelmore  Park and a number of motorists about a damaged set of crossing traffic lights beside Centra on upper Creggan Road.

Councillor Colly Kelly

Councillor Colly Kelly

The light was turned so that it could not be seen coming from the Rosemount direction on the left hand side.

This was potentially dangerous for children using the road especially in these dark nights on what is one of the busiest roads in the city.

I reported this to Transport NI just after teatime on Thursday night and stressed the urgency of the situation.  They sent a team to fix the lights straight away. This came at a time of atrocious weather and heavy traffic with the Christmas lights switch on in the city centre.

I would like to commend Transport NI for their quick response to fix the damaged crossing which i know was also very much appreciated by local residents.

Defibrillator installed at Sean Dolans GAC Creggan

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly welcoming the news that Sean Dolans GAC have received the help of NI Sport to install a defibrillator at their new Creggan grounds.

Councillor Kelly said

Councillor Colly Kelly with Sean Dolans GAC member Eamonn McGinley with the new defibrillator

Councillor Colly Kelly with Sean Dolans GAC member Eamonn McGinley with the new defibrillator

“I am a keen sports fan and the sudden death of Tyrone footballer Cormac McAnallen in 2004 brought home to everyone the need to be prepared in the event of an emergency.

In 2011 I got unanimous backing for a motion in the then Derry City Council calling for the introduction of defibrillators  at council facilities and for staff to be trained in their use.

I feel it’s very important to widen that out across all the similar facilities across the city.

There are many sporting organisations such as the GAA who have taken the lead on this issue and are proactively fundraising to provide this vital piece of emergency equipment at their sports grounds.

In the case of Sean Dolans GAC they have received the help of NI Sport to have this life saving equipment at their newly opened  Creggan sports ground.

In emergency situations time is of the essence and the quicker paramedics can get access to a defibrillator the more lives can be saved

Small businesses in Derry should increase security in the run up Christmas –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged all small businesses in Derry  to increase security in the run up to Christmas to thwart robberies on their premises.

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Councillor Kelly said “Sadly with the dark mornings and early dark nights in the run up to Christmas we always see small businesses in Derry being targeted by opportunist thieves and organised criminals gangs.  It could be someone looking to get their hands on £30- 40 quickly or a gang after the day’s takings or stealing high value stock to sell through their criminal networks. The effects of this could set a small business back months.

I would urge all businesses in the city not to keep any large amounts of money on their premises and put a few extra security measures in place over the next few weeks.

It must be very upsetting for the members of staff or customers caught up in such ordeals.

I would appeal to anyone who sees anything suspicious around a business in Derry over the coming weeks to contact the police.

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Alert over online app after 10 year old girl contacted – Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said “I have been contacted by a concerned parent in Derry asking me to raise awareness around an app on iPads and iPhones called “live me”

Councillor Colly Kelly

Councillor Colly Kelly

She has told me a man on this app asked her daughter who is just 10 years old to take down her pants. It’s a very shocking experience for any parent to discover plus the trauma this has caused for the child.

It’s very brave for this mother to come forward and ask me to alert parents about this and raise awareness about what has gone on here.

I have also been in touch with the PSNI and reported the matter.

He went on to say

The world has become a very small place indeed, and, every day, global connections are made, just at the push of a button. This, combined with the rise of smartphones, means that almost any information can be discovered online at any time.

All  that has great advantages, but with those technological advances come inherent dangers, particularly to young children and vulnerable people.

It is vital that children are informed about internet safety, and they must be equipped with the contact details of sources of help.

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Kelly welcomes £400,000 investment on Translink Wi-Fi services

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed Translinks news of investment of £400,000 on its Wi-Fi services.

Train carriages are also currently being fitted with additional SIM cards and bandwidth is being improved.

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I welcome the news that Translink are making a significant investment in its wi -fi service on the Goldline buses, the Dublin-Belfast Enterprise and the entire North’s Railways fleet.

The 212 Goldliner between Derry and Belfast is a key transport service with thousands of people using it on a weekly basis. This upgrade will help the speed of access and reliability of the wi-fi service and allow passengers to be able to download more data and connections are lasting longer.

It’s important that investment like this takes place as we are always trying to encourage more people to use public transport and knowing that they can carry out their work, study or just having internet access during their journey is a big bonus.

Warning over bogus charity collections in Grangemore -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said

Councillor Colly Kelly

Councillor Colly Kelly

“I am making this urgent appeal following being contacted by a constituent about bogus charity collections in the general upper Creggan Hill area of the city.

The resident who contacted me challenged a number of young people in the Grangemore Park area this week and it subsequently turned out they were collecting sponsorship money under false pretences. He then contacted the PSNI and made them aware of the situation.

Anyone who is asked on their doorstep by children under 16 years of age for sponsorship, should first of all ask them for proper identification. Children under 16 will not be authorised by any charity to do door to door collections.

 If you are still unsure ask for a contact number of the charity for verification and if you don’t get any satisfaction contact the police.

£8.7million extra funding maintenance and defibrillators for ambulances – Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that there will be £8.7million extra funding from the Department of Finance for essential maintenance and defibrillators for ambulances in the north.10407931_829422460447153_3177540133467602240_n

Councillor Kelly said “I very much welcome the news that an extra £8.7million is going to be spent on essential maintenance and defibrillators for ambulances. In emergency situations time is of the essence and the quicker paramedics can get access to a defibrillator the more lives can be saved.”

He went on to say

“It’s great that defibrillators are now located in civic buildings, schools, sporting clubs, community organisations and many other locations across the North.

In 2011 I got unanimous backing for a motion in the then Derry City Council calling for the introduction of the machines at council facilities and for staff to be trained in their use.

And last year we seen the installation of defibrillators in the city centre with the help of the City Centre Initiative, Council, Ambulance Service and various bodies.

Arson attack on site of Museum of Free Derry

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has condemned an arson attack on the building site of  the new Museum of Free Derry currently under construction.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney and Councillor Colly Kelly meeting world renowned Irish singer Damien Dempsey on a visit to  Museum of Free Derry

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney and Councillor Colly Kelly meeting world renowned Irish singer Damien Dempsey on a visit to Museum of Free Derry

Councillor Kelly said “It’s shocking that anyone would even consider trying to destroy this new building under construction. It’s also very worrying that this building is surrounded by houses on all sides. Once a fire starts no one knows what is going to happen and the damage it is going to cause.

I would urge anyone who sees people messing about around the building site to contact the police straight away

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Kelly slams burning of lorry at local business

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has condemned an arson attack on a vehicle at Gillen Fuels Heather Road on the outskirts of Creggan.IMG_2092

Councillor  Colly Kelly said

“Myself and Kevin Campbell visited the scene of the fire on Saturday morning and spoke with the member of staff there .This is a scandalous attack on a local business. Sadly it’s not the only businesses in the area which has been targeted over recent years. Because of the location it’s very hard for a business to keep watch twenty four hours a day.

They are one of the very few employers in the locality and are part and parcel of the local community.

Here we have a business providing a service for the people of this city  and now they have lost a lorry ,been left with a hefty bill plus the all the inconvenience  this is going to cause with the day to day running of their business.

I am appealing for anyone with information on those responsible to bring it forward. And  for anyone who sees people acting suspiciously around premises  in the area at night time or weekends to contact the police straight away.

Historic links to Derry Centenary tree planting

Dermot O Hara said

I was on holidays three years ago and  visited the memorial to Liam Lynch in the Knockmealdown Mountains. I took a sapling from a tree beside the memorial  and have grown it for the past three years so I am pleased that it has been planted in a ceremony here today with the family of Ethel Lynch as part of the centenary year programme of events. It’s very important to show the lineage of our history and that Liam and Ethel Lynch were all part of the one struggle.WP_20160930_14_36_12_Pro(1)

 

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said

Liam Lynch was a hero of the Tan War, Chief of Staff of the IRA and dedicated republican.

In the early hours of the morning of 10 April 1923, over 1,000 Free State soldiers, under the command of Major General John Prout of Waterford Command, began a search and sweep operation of the Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of counties Tipperary and Waterford, looking to capture IRA leaders in the area. During the sweep operation Liam Lynch  was shot and wounded .

The Free State soldiers dressed his wound and placed him on a stretcher made from rifles and coats and carried him down the mountain. A priest, Fr Hallinan, arrived on the scene and administrated last rites.

He was then taken to a public house in Newcastle and an ambulance was sent for. While he was there a Dr Joseph Power attended to his wound. An ambulance finally arrived at around 3pm and he was then taken to St Joseph’s Hospital in Clonmel. Later that evening he passed away.

Transport NI cutback hazard of overgrown trees/bushes New Road -Kelly

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Last week a number of people had been in contact with me about the state of overgrown trees and bushes on the New Road. It was very overgrown and was a health and safety hazard for anyone walking either up or down this footpath.

I spoke to Transport NI regarding this and even though it is not their land which was overgrown they agreed that they would cut the trees and bushes back due to it being a health and safety risk. They have now carried out this work and I would like to thank them for their quick response.

This will only temporarily solve the problem. There needs to a wider discussion around  the ownership of this land, as at the minute we are in limbo.

I have been in contact with the Council, Housing Executive and Transport NI as this seems to be unvested land and in previous years I have met with Housing Executive and the city solicitor regarding who has ownership and this is still to be resolved.

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There is help out there for Mental health – Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill’s   launch of a new media campaign to encourage the public to offer support to those who may be struggling with their mental health.

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Launched today on World Mental Health Day, the campaign ‘Helping Others’ will use TV, radio, digital and outdoor advertising and focuses on how people can support family or friends to deal with a mental health problem

Councillor Colly Kelly said “The stark reality is that 1 in 4 of us will be affected at some point in our lives by a mental health issue. So mental ill health is common – we will either suffer from it at some stage or a member of our family will, or one of our friends.

There is still a stigma associated with mental ill health. This stigma can act as a barrier for people affected coming forward and seeking help. It can also make recovery more difficult when people experience negative reactions from family, work colleagues or neighbours.

These negative views and stereotyping lead to people being isolated and discriminated against and it is therefore essential that we all work towards breaking down these barriers and putting an end to the silence.

The stigma of someone with mental health issues needs to be tackled and the message needs to go out that help is available to talk to someone, a friend, family members, a service provider or a helpline. People shouldn’t bottle it up. ’It’s Okay not to feel Okay’.

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Hazard of ovegrown trees/bushes at the New Road -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly “

A number of people have been in contact with me about the state of overgrown trees and bushes on the New Road. It is very overgrown and is a health and safety hazard for anyone walking either up or down this footpath.Councillor Colly Kelly

I have been speaking to Transport NI regarding this and even though this is not their land which is overgrown they have agreed that they will cut this due to the health risk.
This will temporarily solve the problem.

I have been in contact with the Council, Housing Executive and Transport NI as this seems to be  unvested land and in previous years I have met with Housing Executive and the city solicitor regarding who has ownership and this is still to be resolved .A piece of this land next to the overgrown area is owned and well maintained by the  Housing Executive.

He went on to say

There are a number of problems here and it’s a fire hazard because of the overgrowth. In the summer months its always seems to be set on fire and the residents directly behind are constantly dealing with the problems of rats.

I have requested a multi-agency meeting to see if we can collectively come up with long terms solutions.

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Menace of illegal fireworks in Derry – Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has said “Robust” legal action needs to be taken against those selling illegal fireworks in Derry.

He was speaking after elected representatives received complaints about the scourge of fireworks and bangers being let off in local communities and the misery and fear that is causing for residents and family pets.

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“It’s over a month to Halloween and already we have been receiving complaints about fireworks and bangers being let off in and around the Flyover,outside pensioner’s homes along the Lecky Road and around Rossville Street and Lisfannon Park.

The reality is that hundreds of fireworks are being sold illegally in Derry. In many cases the people selling these fireworks are deliberately targeting young people. We know from the past that these fireworks are being sold out of houses, cars and young people going around areas selling them to them people of the same age from backpacks and holdalls all very cheaply.

A lot of positive work has been done in Derry over the last number of years to deal with the issue of selling illegal fireworks. And the availability of these dangerous items has been reduced. But sadly there are those out there who have no regard for local community and continue to be involved in this illegal trade.

I call on those who are engaged in this type of activity to stop and reflect on how their actions can cause serious injuries and harm. And urge anyone who has information to bring it forward to the police and those selling the fireworks need to be brought before the courts.

Pedestrians forced to walk on busy Southway –Kelly

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“I have been contacted by residents concerned about the state of the pathway going down Southway leading to the Lone Moor Road with overgrown weeds and nettles.

 

This is causing people and more particularly pram users having to manoeuvre out onto the main road to get past. Anyone who uses this area on a daily basis will tell you it’s always very busy with traffic.

I have been in contact with Road Service and asked them look at this as a matter of urgency.

 

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Concern over Grangemore /Ardgrange work -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said Councillor Colly Kelly

“Virgin media are carrying out upgrade work in the Grangemore /Ardrange area

There were some concerns raised by residents when a letter delivered this week  discussed possible disruption and restricted access to homes.

Residents had attempted to call the number but were unable to get speaking to anyone who could help.  We have spoken to representatives from Virgin and they have given us assurances that disruption will be kept to a minimum and that they will be happy to assist anyone whose access is blocked to gain access.

If any resident has any problems with this work I can be contacted on 07845277117.

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Irish powerlifting championships come to Derry for the first time – Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has wished the  organisers of the Irish Power Lifting championships well as the organisation brings it to Derry for the first time. COLLY

The championship takes places on Saturday in The Maldron Hotel, Butcher Street, Derry ,this event is open to both male and female and starts at 10am.

Councillor Kelly said

“I would like to wish the Irish Power Lifting Organisation and competitors all the best as they bring this competition to Derry for the first time.

It’s good to see such competitions coming to Derry and will hopefully encourage more sporting organisations to come and use our city for hosting events. We have seen that events large and small can have a positive impact on the local hospitality sector

Kelly welcomes removal of dangerous wall in Creggan

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the removal of a large wall in Creggan Heights following concerns it could collapse after an incident there.

 

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There was an incident last week when a car hit the wall and left it in an unstable condition and there was clear health and safety concerns.

 

Residents contacted me worried that young children were climbing on the wall.

 

I contacted building control from the council on Tuesday morning and raised all those concerns. I want to praise the owner of the property who ensured that the wall was taken down as speedily as possible.

 

There will be consultation with the families of the young lads on a mural which was on the wall so we can remember them when a new wall goes up.

 

As a matter of urgency there will also be a temporary fence put in place .

 

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Kelly welcomes upgrade at one of the city’s busiest junctions

Sinn Féin Councillor for the Bogside Colly Kelly  has urged motorists to take due care and attention as upgrade work has taken place at one of the busiest road junctions in the city located at Elmwood Terrace /Westland Street and Laburnum TerraceCOLLY

Councillor Colly Kelly said “This is a very busy road junction which sees hundreds of vehicles travel through it every day. Over the years this junction has seen its fair share of accidents and near misses.

In 2010 double mini roundabouts were introduced at this junction to slow traffic down due to the high volume of traffic.

Work this week has seen the upgrade of all the road markings and with  the pedestrian crossing also getting an upgrade.

I would appeal for motorists to take due care and attention until such times as the system has bedded.

 

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Campbell slams Derry City Cemetery vandals

Commenting on yet another act of vandalism in the City Cemetery Derry on Friday night by a group of teenagers.20160716_124408(1)

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said   “I went to the Cemetery this morning after being contacted by concerned relatives of those buried in this section after reports of damage there.

There was damage to a number of holy ornaments, flower pots and other bits and pieces that families had placed on graves.

I spoke to council staff who have done a good job in clearing up some of the mess and also spoke to a number of relatives who were very upset by this.

It’s been just a month since the last incident there.

There is a mounting catalogue of vandalism incidents of graves in the City Cemetery over the past year and that’s not including the burning of a car in the grounds.kevin

I would once again appeal for these senseless actions to stop and if anyone knows the culprits to contact the PSNI.

Van set on fire in Bogside – Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly commenting after a van was set on fire at Westland Street on Tuesday night.COLLY

He said “Residents are sick ,sore and tired of this nonsense.

This is an absolutely disgraceful act and should not have happened. Once again someone is left without a vehicle along with all the hassle and expense of getting another replacement one.

Those involved in actions like this have only succeeded in terrorising their own communities by inflicting inconveniences upon them.

I would appeal to anyone with even the slightest piece of information in regards to those behind this criminal act to bring it forward straight away.

Green Light for Bogside residents Parking scheme-Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that a widespread area of the Bogside is finally to get a residents parking scheme.

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“I welcome confirmation from the  Roads Minister Chris Hazzard the Bogside is finally going to get a residents parking scheme.

My party colleagues Martina Anderson and Patricia Logue have been campaigning for a residents parking scheme in the Bogside from as far back as 2007.They have met with residents from the area on many occasions over the years.

The Triax management team have also been working very hard on the issue and have collected surveys of resident’s views on any proposed scheme and facilitated a public consultation on behalf of the then DRD Roads Service.

 

This has been a very long campaign and the issue of residents parking has constantly been caught up in red tape.

I am glad that all the hard work and lobbying over the years has finally paid off.

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Problem of broken glass in Derry open spaces -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has  appealed for people using the Derry Walls, parks and open spaces in Derry not to leave glass bottles behind them as they often end up being smashed which brings many dangers.Councillor Colly Kelly

He also appealed for people to use the bins or take their rubbish home with them.

His appeal comes after being contacted by constituents who feared for their dog getting its paws cut by broken glass on the Walls.

Councillor Colly Kelly said

“I receive complaints regularly from people who exercise their pets on the Walls and in our local parks and from families with young children who would use the green spaces ,concerned about the amount of broken glass strewn on the green areas and walkways .They are worried about the broken glass and the dangers this presents for people using these areas and for their children and pets.

 

Just this week I was contacted by a constituent whose dog just avoided getting its paws cut on broken glass. They just wanted me to highlight the dangers this would present for someone particularly with a guide dog. This would be obviously very painful for the dog. Blind and partially-sighted people rely on guide dogs for their freedom, mobility and independence.

 

I would appeal for people using parks and greens spaces in Derry to never break glass on purpose, and always get rid of glass carefully and rubbish and think of other people. It is constant battle for our council workers who do an excellent job cleaning up the mess left behind by those smashing and breaking bottles and who care little about their actions.

Vandals target Derrys Walls -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly  has slammed vandals who sprayed graffiti along a section of Derry Walls overlooking Fahan Street.COLLY

A group of 3 – 4 teenagers were involved in the incident on Wednesday night around 6pm .

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly  said “Local people angered at this vandalism contacted me to put out an appeal for this nonsense to stop .A group of young people were drinking the top of the Fahan Street steps ,three or four of them spray canned a section of the Derry walls in graffiti “UTH” up the hoods and other stuff .

This section of the Walls had just been recently cleaned up. The Walls are internationally known and people flock from all corners of the world to see them. It does not enhance the reputation of Derry as a tourist destination with people attacking a tourist asset.

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Vandals attacks Creggan Road bus stop -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly  has condemned vandals who damaged a bus stop on one of Derrys busiest aterial routes .

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Councillor Colly Kelly  said “I have been contacted residents angry that vandals attacked the bus stop on Creggan Road.

People are simply scratching their heads that anyone who would go to these lengths to cause the damage and inflict inconvenience on users of the bus service.

This is a very busy road  and people rely on this shelter to avail of the bus service to get into the city centre and local schools.

I would urge anyone who has information on the culprits to bring it forward straight away.

No money to cut back trees Westend Park -Kelly

Transport NI have said they whilst they own land with major trees on it overlooking homes in Westend Park facing onto Elmwood Terrace they will not be cutting the trees back due to budgets and bird nesting.

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said COLLY

I was contacted by residents who asked for the large trees there to be cut back .The trees have grown to a considerable height and in some cases dwarfing the homes in Westend Park causing light and  views issues.

I would ask Transport NI to look at this decision again particularly before the onset off the winter months.

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Echoes of 1916 by Smashing Times Theatre Company

McCartney to address Derry Centenary Easter Sunday Commemoration

Thousands of people  from across Derry will gather at commemorations throughout the city this coming weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 rising and to commemorate all those who have given their lives in pursuit of Irish Freedom.WP_20160322_12_25_16_Pro(1)

Encouraging Republicans to take part in the Centenary commemorations this Sunday.

Sinn Féín Councillor Colly Kelly said

Easter is a very important date in the annual Republican calendar, a time when we not only gather in Derry, across Ireland and throughout the world to remember those who have died in pursuit of Irish Freedom and Liberty and to stand in continued solidarity with their families, but also a time when we recommit ourselves to the pursuance of our Republican objectives.

This year there will be four parades from each of the areas converging simultaneously on Westland Street .There will be pageantry, street theatre and a large number  of those in the parade wearing period costume of the day so it will be a great spectacle to see and i would encourage as many families as possible to come along as we will only see something on this scale once in a life time.

We would encourage people not only to take part in their local events but also to come along to be part of the main commemoration in Derry this Sunday at 2.30pm,  assemble Westland Street .We are very pleased to announce this year that the main speaker will be Raymond McCartney.

Local area commemorations will take place on Sunday at the Republican monuments

12.00pm Shantallow   Monument (Racecourse Road)

1.30pm Waterside (Rose Court)

1.45pm Creggan (Central Drive),

2.00pm Bogside and Brandywell (Lecky Road)

Major restoration work at Republican plot not “vandalism” -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly  has moved to ease fears that Republican Graves may have been vandalised in the city cemetery and explained that the white solution poured over headstones in recent days was part of work undertaken by the Graves Association  the letter and markings on the headstones is part of  major restoration work for the Centenary Commerations on Sunday 27th March.McGuinness_Derry_Vols_1

Councillor Colly Kelly  said

“We have been contacted on several occasions in the last few days by people who had seen the white solution on the headstones in the Republican Plot in the City cemetery and were worried that it was some sort of vandalism.

I would like to allay people’s fears and let them know that the solution is part of major refurbishment work being carried out on the headstones, lettering and markings which is being under taken by the Derry Republican Graves Association  for the  Easter Centenary commemorations at the end of the month. This year the Easter parade will be the biggest this city has seen in years so it’s very important that the plot in top class condition in advance of that.

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Disruption at one of the Derry’s busiest junctions during March –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has said there is set to be disruption at one of the city’s busiest  road junctions during March as a new Natural Gas Network is installed in the area.

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Over the weekend residents received letters from Firmus energy to say that McNicholas Construction working on behalf of the company are about to start the construction of a new Natural Gas Network in the area  for five weeks.

They have agreed with DRD Road Service to operate road closures on Marlborough Terrace on the 6th March for one day and Creggan Road on the 12th and 13th March for two days and 20th March for one  Day.

It’s important that motorists across the city are aware of these closures as this is one the busiest and at times most congested road junctions in the city.And that disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum.

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Health and safety concerns at “Forgotten street” –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colin Kelly has called for a collective response from the various agencies to resolve health and safety concerns along one of Derry busiest streets.

 

Councillor Kelly also said residents have described Ashfield and Kerr’s Terrace as the “forgotten street”.COLLY

 

Councillor Kelly said

“Residents of Ashfield and Kerr’s Terrace are at their wits end in trying to get a resolution to the problems with the walkways and steps right outside their homes. In speaking to many long terms residents they are very angry about the current situation and have told me there have been problems with repair work and who is liable to carry out the work going back nearly twenty five years. They have described this as the “forgotten street”.

The steps are in a very dangerous state, plaster is falling off the wall out onto Creggan Road.

This is one of the busy roads in the city with traffic and pedestrians. It’s very dangerous for many of the older residents using the steps to go down the town or to mass.  And is also very dangerous for children playing around the steps.

They also can’t understand why the work needed could not be done to coincide with the multimillion pounds investment just across the street at Brooke Park.

Over recent months I have had an onsite meeting with the Environmental Health officer from the Council along with the City Solicitor. They have been trying to find out who has ownership of the land, steps and wall but as yet this still hasn’t been resolved.

This cannot go on indefinitely I believe there needs to be collective approach from all agencies and get this work done before someone is seriously injured or part of the wall falls out onto the one of the busiest roads in the city.

 

Disruption at one of the Derry’s busiest junctions during March –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has said there is set to be disruption at one of the city’s busiest  road junctions during March as a new Natural Gas Network is installed in the area.

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Over the weekend residents received letters from Firmus energy to say that McNicholas Construction working on behalf of the company are about to start the construction of a new Natural Gas Network in the area from 29.02.16 for five weeks.

They have agreed with DRD Road Service to operate road closures on Marlborough Terrace on the 6th March for one day and Creggan Road on the 12th and 13th March for two days and 20th March for one  Day.

It’s important that motorists across the city are aware of these closures as this is one the busiest and at times most congested road junctions in the city.And that disruption to local residents is kept to a minimum.

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Proposed transfer of Rossville housing stock”Have your say” -Kelly

Speaking today  Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said cityside candidates for 2014 kevin patricia colly and liam c mc menamin pics (113)

“We have been contacted by a number of residents in regards to proposals around the transfer of housing stock from the Housing Executive to Housing Associations.

Sinn Féin representatives met with the Housing Executive on Monday 8th Feb and outlined our opposition and concerns over these proposals.  

We have submitted a motion to the Derry City and Strabane Council calling on the Department of Social Development to clarify fully its proposals to transfer hundreds of homes in the council area to Housing Associations, what impact that will have on tenants, tenancy agreements, rents and repairs. And the subsequent impact it will have on the future workings of Housing Executive locally in terms of staffing levels and service provision.

It’s important that residents who don’t wish to transfer from the Housing Executive to Housing Association make their feelings known during the consultation, as this decision will be based on majority of residents voting for or against these proposals.

If any resident has any issues or queries on this feel free to contact me  02871 71377551.

Initiative to thwart Creggan oil thieves huge uptake –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly

“I was contacted by a number of residents just before Christmas who had home heating oil stolen from their homes in the Rinmore Drive, Creggan Heights and Oakfield Park areas of Creggan. And in recent days there has been a number of thefts in Culmore.colly and kevin

“It’s absolutely despicable that people would do something like this and it caused a bit of fear in the locality due to the frequency of these incidents

“There’s a high level of older people who live in these areas of Creggan and it precisely because of all these factors that we teamed with PCSP to put a stop to these thefts.”

This initiative has been a great success with over 100 homes getting oil locks and nearly 50 bin locks.

If you or someone you know is concerned about becoming a victim to oil thieves you can now contact the PCSP and they will arrange for someone to visit your home and install a security lock to your oil tank. The lock and its installation are completely free of charge.

 

The lock works when it is secured to the top of an oil tank using a pad lock.

Emergency multi agency meeting over Gartan Square

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly who hosted  a multi agency meeting on Friday  attended by a large number of residents from  Gartan Square in the aftermath of   several  anti community incidents there  ,said the meeting  was “positive and in problem solving mode”colly and kevin

The meeting took place against a backdrop of anti community activity and a serious fire at the flats complex last week.

Councillor Kelly said “It was important that this meeting took place. Residents are at their wits end with the incidents going on in and around their homes with the most serious being the fire there last week during which residents living on the top floor were lucky to escape from their homes.

Residents raised their concerns and asked for whatever help there could be in resolving these issues to let them live in peace and quiet.

An onsite meeting will take place today Tuesday with all the agencies to see what measures can be put in place as speedily as possible to help residents out.

Blackout of street lights in Bogside –Cllr Colly Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has called on Transport NI (DRD Road service) to move quickly to restore streets lights to a number of streets in the Bogside. Several hundred homes have been left without street lights over the weekend.colly and kevin

Streets affected include Limewood Street,Tryconnell Street ,Beechwood Street,Elmwood Street and Elmwood Road

Councilllor Colly Kelly said “I understand that Transport NI (formally DRD Roads service )is under pressure to fix lights across the city but this isn’t one or two lights out, this is five streets in a heavily built up area with no street lights what so ever.

Residents are concerned that an entire area is in complete darkness , there is a fear over home security and emergency services being able to see their way around the streets.

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Youth set fire to bushes in City Cemetery -Kelly

I was contacted late on Saturday afternoon by a man who was going up to visit his father graves just before the City Cemetery closed. As he was driving from the Lonemoor Road gate up to the top of the cemetery he seen a couple of young boys about 12-13 years of age wearing hoodies setting fire to trees .He stopped his car and challenged them, they ran off up through the older section of the cemetery.COLLY

He used a couple of bottles of water he had in his car to put the fire out before it spread and he said it was lucky he was passing because  if the cemetery had been locked it would have spread .

Once again we are appealing to people of any age to respect the confines of the City Cemetery, there seems to incidents happening on an all too regular basis in there now and it needs to stop.

Residents have lucky escape in malicious fire at Gartan Square –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has said residents living in top floor flats at Gartan Square in the Bogside had a lucky escapeon Friday night  after a malicious fire was started in a bin shed adjacent to the end flat and main stairway from the complex.12417717_991760064229707_7920259328183140477_n 12573856_986790758043655_8591208694156427842_n

Councillor Kelly said “The residents living in the top row of the flats had a very lucky escape tonight. This fire was started in the shed at the end of the row which houses the bins for local residents. Flames engulfed the stairway and smoke entered a number of homes.

I would like to commend those who raised the alarm and ultimately have saved lives here.

I attended the scene with a representative of Community Restorative Justice (CRJ) to help residents in whatever way we could.Residents are very angry and still in shock.

We have been trying to address a number problems of anti-community activity in and  around the area over the past few weeks.

I will be hosting a multi-agency meeting along with residents as a matter of urgency. Anyone who has information in relation to this incident should bring it forward to the PSNI straight away.

Thieves target cars belonging to Feis goers –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has slammed thieves who targeted the car belonging to a family attending a Feis in the city at the weekend.COLLY

The car belonging to the family was targeted as hundreds attended an all-day Feis being held in the Long Tower Youth club on Saturday.

Councillor Kelly said “This is a despicable act. Here we had hundreds of people attending a very positive event for the area and indeed the entire city and someone decides they are going to go out and target a few cars.

I would appeal to anyone with even the slightest piece of information in regards to those behind this to bring it forward to the police straight away. And if anyone finds someone’s discarded personal belongings in the general area to hand them in.

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Warning after Bogside incident -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged residents in the Bogside and Brandywell to be on the alert after an incident this week during which a man who is suffering with Dementia handed over a large sum of money to a person going around the doors selling kitchen utensils.Councillor Colly Kelly

Councillor Kelly said “This man’s family are very distressed about this incident .A person called at his home when his relatives were out getting a few messages .When they returned home they seen the kitchen utensils and then discovered that a large sum of money well in access to the worth of the goods was handed over.

Sadly this is not the first type of such incidents we have seen in Derry in recent years. The family of the man have asked me to get the message out through the local media to alert families of relatives living on their own or suffering from illnesses that this sort of stuff is going on.

Concluding he said

There are a number of steps that people can take to ensure the callers are genuine. If people are in doubt they should request to see identification, furthermore they can secure the door with a chain before answering the door, alternatively if the caller is genuine, they will be able to provide a phone number and business address for the person to call to make sure they are genuine.

 

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Kelly condemns robbery of Bogside bookmakers

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly commenting after the  robbery of a bookmakers at  Blucher Street on Tuesday night during which a knife was used to threaten staff.COLLY

He said “Once again we are greeted with the news that a small business has been subjected to a robbery. This bookie’s was also the target of an attempted robbery back in July of last year.

Many small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open in January  and providing much needed employment for local people.

The staff are only doing a day’s work and should not be subject to this type of threat and intimidation.

I would appeal to anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward so that those responsible can be held to account by the justice system.”

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Extra £600,000 for rural transport welcome-Fleming‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has welcomed the announcement of an extra £600,000 earmarked for rural transport.

Councillor Paul Fleming said,Paul-Fleming

“Sinn Féin has consistently raised this issue at the Department of Regional Development Committee so I am delighted the Minister has listened and announced an extra £600,000 for rural transport.

“Rural transport is a vital lifeline for vulnerable people in rural areas and in some cases is their only connection to the outside world.

“Public transport doesn’t extend into many isolated areas with low population density and rural transport is the only form of public transport that is available to them.

“This extra money will bring the total spend to over £5.5m and will allow many service providers to continue to make rural transport accessible and affordable.

“It is crucial we continue to maintain a high level of rural transport infrastructure so people living in these communities can have access to towns and cities to access services like shopping, health and education.”

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Support Trocaire Christmas appeal to help prevent Humanitarian crisis in Palestine –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has appealed to people in Derry ,Donegal and Tyrone to support Irish  charities working on the ground in Palestine in efforts to help the tens of thousands affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis there, and to get food, water and urgent medical supplies in.

Councillor  Colly Kelly saidCOLLY

“In recent months  a lot of what has been going on in Palestine has been ignored by much of the world’s media. So it’s very important that we support charities that are in there doing much needed work on the ground.

One of Trocaire 2015 gifts for just £4.00 is buying an Olive tree.

The olive branch is a symbol of peace and reconciliation throughout the world. It is especially poignant in Palestine where Israel’s occupation has forced many olive farmers from their land and destroyed ancient olive groves. Your thoughtful gift of new olive trees will provide Palestinian families with a valuable source of income for generations to come.

It will also help support Palestinian and Israeli organisations working for a just and lasting peace.

There are ways people in Derry , Donegal and  Donegal can practically help those vital aid relief efforts by supporting Irish charities such as Trócaire.   They have been working in Israel and in Gaza since 2002 and are supporting local organisations on the ground, who are distributing urgent medical aid to vulnerable people  there.

40th Anniversary of Sinn Féin Christmas Post in Derry

The annual Sinn Féin Christmas Post has been launched in the city

 

Councillor Colly Kelly said DIGITAL CAMERA
“The annual Sinn Féin post has been a feature of the Christmas period in Derry now for many years and I would encourage people to make use of it

In fact its quite remarkable that this year marks the 40th Anniversary of the annual post. I don’t think those with the foresight to start the annual post up would have thought it would still be going strong forty years on particularly with the advances of the modern technology .But there is a on old tradition in Derry that people still like sending cards to family and friends  at this time of year.

Christmas cards will be delivered to any part of Derry City for the minimal price of 20p. The theme of this year’s stamp is the Centenary of the Easter Rising 1916-2016.

“Cards can be left at the Sinn Féin constituency Office on the Racecourse Road Shantallow, at the new Ráth Mór office on Eastway /New Road and Spencer Road office. The Post will operate from today until midday Thursday 17th December”

For any additional information can contact 02871 377551 or 02871359747 for   details.

Kelly welcomes Bogside bulky lift initiative (Wednesday 18th Nov)

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that a bulky lift/clean up initiative is to take place in the Bogside area this Wednesday 18th November  from 08.00am.-2.00pm

Organised by the  Council & the  Triax neighbourhood management teamCOLLY

The areas covered is from Creggan St/William Street right out to Dove Gardens/Stanley’s Walks and all streets in between.

Councillor Kelly said

“I welcome the news of this bulky lift scheme in the Bogside on Wednesday.This comes on the back of other environmental initiatives in the area over the past year.

“I would appeal for people to take pride in their area and refrain from any type of fly tipping. There is no excuse for this indiscriminate dumping. If anyone has an item of furniture or bulky items that needs collected for disposal they should ring the City Council cleansing department to make arrangements for that to happen.

“These bulky lifts and clean ups give the local residents pride in their area and a sense of ownership and responsibility through community participation.

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Xmas shoppers don’t get caught with Sunday parking fees -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged Christmas shoppers heading into Derry on a Sunday to be mindful that there is a charge for using car parks in the city centre during November and December.

Councillor Colly Kelly said “I would just like to warn people not to get caught out with parking fines over the next two months. In the run up to Christmas these car parks on Sundays are always very busy so I would urge people to check the signage and the correct parking charges.

Every penny counts at this time of year and last thing anyone wants to happen is to return from a day out in the city centre to find a parking ticket on their car.

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Kelly welcomes plans by Henderson group to install 300 defibrillators

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that the Henderson Group has plans that will create the largest external network of lifesaving devices across the north.

It expected AEDs (automated external defibrillators) will be placed outside their stores and that upwards of 300 will be available 24/7 from December of this year at Vivo, Spar and Eurospar by 2016.Councillor Colly Kelly

Councillor Colly Kelly said

“Defibrillators are now located in civic buildings, schools, sporting clubs, community organisations and many other locations across the North. This initiative by the Henderson Group to install upwards of 300 automated external defibrillators has to be commended. And I hope that other businesses follow this move.

In 2011 I got unanimous backing for a motion calling for the introduction of the machines at council facilities and for staff to be trained in their use.

And this year we have seen the installation of defibrillators in the city centre with the help of City Centre Initiative, Ambulance Service and various bodies.

 

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Warning of rats in Bogside laneways –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has warned residents in the Bogside to be the alert as we approach winter for rats trying to get into local homes and outhouses. He was speaking after residents’ made complaints about rats being seen running about the laneways in the area.

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said COLLY

A number of residents in the area contacted me and they have reported to me that they have seen rats running about the laneways off Elmwood Road. Some of this has happened during  daylight hours.

This time last year we had a similar problem when a number of dead rats were been found in the back gardens of local homes.

I have contacted the Environmental Health services department at the Council and reported the current cases. They have stated that the issue of pest control is the responsibility of the householder.

With winter now on us I would urge that residents to take every precaution to ensure that rats cannot get into their homes, out houses, garden sheds.  It is obvious that if anyone dumps the rubbish in the laneways they have no regard for others because while they wanted rid of the rubbish they were prepared to dump it on other people’s doorsteps.

 

 

Major concern over missing road markings in Bogside –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has called on Transport NI (Formally Roads Service) to carry out an emergency road marking scheme at key road junctions in the Bogside as a matter of urgency. COLLY

He was speaking after complaints that many of the road markings in and around several  busy pedestrian crossings in the area had disappeared.

Councillor Kelly said “I have been contacted by local residents and motorists concerned that many of the road markings at key crossings in the area have simply disappeared .Of major concern is the crossing at the bottom of William Street which in some places is non-existent .This is one of the busiest junctions in the city centre and a number of motorists have told me that when travelling from Rossville Street onto William Street there is little signage to let you know there is a crossing ahead plus then the road markings simply aren’t there. There is also concern about road markings at the bottom of the Lecky Road Flyover and along sections of Rossville Street.

I calling on Transport NI to make the Bogside a key priority for a road marking scheme before we head into the into the dark winter months as this area of the city sees thousands of cars and pedestrians passing though it on a weekly basis. It’s also a tourist hub and access point to the night time economy in the city centre.

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Carbon monoxide detector /Smoke Alarm warning for Students –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Kelly has appealed for students living in private rented accommodation to ensure that there is a properly working smoke alarm system in their building, invest in a carbon monoxide detector and for landlords to have adequate fire safety measures in place for tenants.

 

Councillor Kelly said

 

“Over the next   few weeks hundreds of students from Derry will be  heading off to University and likewise many will be coming to study locally in our city for the first time. This can be a very daunting experience particularly for those students setting up home on their own.

 

I feel it’s very important that students living in private rented accommodation ensure that there is a properly working and maintained smoke alarm system in their property. It’s crucial that all of the safety checks required in relation to their accommodation are carried out ,i would also invest in a carbon monoxide detector and if all is not in order they should complain to the landlord.

 

“Landlords must also make sure there are adequate fire safety measures in place for tenants. I would ask landlords to have a proper fire evacuation plan in their tenancy agreements so that residents are made aware of how to exit a building as quickly as possible in the event of a fire. Provision must also be made for students you have hearing difficulties or disabilities, smoke alarms can now be acquired that have a vibrating pad or a flashing light”

 

 

These few simple precautions when moving into new accommodation could mean the difference between life and death.

Derry businesses shouldn’t miss out on broadband scheme –Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged local businesses not to miss out on a voucher scheme which has so far helped over 250 small businesses  locally.Councillor Colly Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said “I welcome the news that more than 250 small and medium businesses (SMEs ) across the Derry City and Strabane District Council area have now benefited from the  Broadband Connection voucher scheme.

“In the ever developing business world, having high speed broadband is essential in competing in both the local and global market.

“This initiative allows businesses to apply for up to £3,000 that covers installation costs and equipment costs, in upgrading their broadband connection.

“Super fast broadband is available across the north from a variety of providers and already over a thousand businesses have received a ‘Connection Voucher’.

“To apply for this grant you must be a small or medium sized business, a registered charity, a social enterprise or sole trader. I would appeal to businesses to take advantage of this initiative and apply by calling 0800 587 4695 to see if you are eligible.”

For  more information about the scheme visit http://www.derrystrabane.com/SuperConnected/About-Connection-Vouchers

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Kelly welcomes reduction in Gas prices

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that firmus energy it is to reduce its domestic and business natural gas tariffs across North which will mean annual savings locally of between £29 and £31 for an average domestic customer.

This tariff decrease, was agreed following discussions with the Utility Regulator, DETI and the Consumer Council NI.

Councillor Colly Kelly said

“I welcome the news that customers in Derry will be amongst  ten towns and cities across the north who will be receiving a 5% reduction in natural gas prices from the 1st October.

Sinn Féin has continually lobbied for a reduction in fuel and energy costs across the board. In a weekly household budget every penny counts and whilst this will not solve the ever present problem of fuel poverty the reduced price will hopefully go some way to ease the pressure on many households in Derry.

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Lone Moor crossing lights stuck on Red over weekend -Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said

“The pedestrian crossing lights on the main Lone Moor Road at the top of Stanley’s Walk haven’t been working properly all weekend. Most of the time the lights have been on constant red and this has been causing a traffic built up at times and also drivers going through the lights .

This is a very busy crossing due to the schools and shopping centre on Bligh’s Lane .I hope the problems there  can be resolved as quickly as possible and would urge motorists and pedestrians to show due and attention until this happens.

Kelly to raise lack provision of bungalow provision with housing chiefs‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly is to raise the lack of bungalow provision in new social housing developments being planned for Derry over the next few years at a meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council COLLY.

The council meeting will be addressed by the acting Chief Executive of the Housing Executive who will present the organisations six month district plan.  

 

Councillor Kelly said “Whilst I welcome the plans for several new housing developments in the city I have very serious concerns about the lack of provision for bungalow type accommodation.

 

There is a need for bungalow type accommodation for the older members of our community and for people with disabilities in every new development. And they can’t just be built in single figures.

 

If you need bungalow type accommodation on health grounds or if you are disabled you have to be referred by an Occupational Therapist to the Housing Executive. This can be a very long process.

 

 

If we are to move forward and have a better mix of our housing stock it’s clear that there needs to be a higher percentage of bungalow type accommodation and that this should be a priority as we move forward.

Campaign stepped up for bilingual destination screens on Derry buses -Campbell

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell speaking following meeting senior management of Translink in Derry to push forward his campaign for the company  to introduce a pilot scheme of using bilingual destination screens on a number of bus routes  in the city and to also adopt bilingual bus signs in both English and Irish.IMG_0590

He said “I raised this issue back in February and felt it was very important to keep this on the agenda so it was the purpose of today’s meeting to move this to the next stage. It was a very positive meeting so hopefully thing are going in the right direction.

I believe this is doable and is achievable at very little cost.

Translink bus services operating in West Belfast have been featuring both English and Irish language signs on destinations screens since 2011. And there has been bilingual passenger information on bus shelter timetables and route information.

There are hundreds of children going to schools in the city learning through the medium of Irish and hundreds of people of all ages attending night classes and hundreds taking part in cultural musical and sporting activities. This was magnified tenfold when Derry hosted the Fleadh in 2013.

To have bus services using bilingual signage on a number of routes would i believe a very positive and progressive move for the city.

Warning following spate of vandalism attacks on vehicles in Bogside -Kelly‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has urged vehicle owners in the Bogside to be on the alert after of a number of vandalism attacks on vehicles in the last fortnight.COLLY

Councillor Colly Kelly said

“I was contacted by the owner of a vehicle parked on Stanley’s Walk after three tyres on it were slashed around 5am on Friday morning. I am also aware of a number of vandalism attacks on cars in the Cable Street area on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and similar incidents on the Lone Moor Road the previous week during which wing mirrors were kicked off and paint work damaged .Again these incidents took place in the middle of the night.

It’s intolerable that these attacks are taking place and people are being left out of pocket getting the damaged repaired. I would urge anyone with any information on who is responsible for these attacks to contact community representatives and the police.

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Kelly condemns attempted robbery of Bogside bookmakers

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly commenting after the attempted robbery of a bookmakers at  Blucher Street on Thursday nightCouncillor Colly Kelly

He said “Once again we are greeted with the news that a small business has been subjected to an attempted robbery.

Many small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open and providing much needed employment for local people.

The staff are only doing a day’s work and should not be subject to this type of threat and intimidation.

I would appeal to anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward so that those responsible can be held to account by the justice system.”

 

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Grangemore and Ardgrange traffic calming measures

I recently raised residents’ concerns about  traffic in the Grangemore and Ardgrange developments with DRD Roads Service (TransportNI) in relation to the speed of traffic travelling through the area and  road markings.COLLY

There was a particular concern about traffic at  the main entrance into Grangemore and the speed of traffic both entering and leaving the development.I am pleased that  traffic calming measures have been introduced there.This a very busy junction with over 300 houses in Grangemore and Ardgrange.

Both myself and residents are disappointed that a number of road markings we had been lobbying for have not  been introduced at this time but i will continue to press for this to happen.

Warning over opportunist thefts-Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has warned residents in the Bogside and Creggan to be on alert following a number of opportunist thefts in the area over the past week.COLLY

Councillor Kelly said

“Sadly we always see a rise in these types of crime over the summer months .In the past week i am aware of gardening tools being stolen from outside a home in the Bogside and an iphone 5 was stolen from a workers van in Creggan.

In both incidents the thefts took place very quickly and were discovered within minutes but the culprits were gone.

It’s a sad state of affairs that we have to leave people to watch tools or lock a door every time we step out for a few minutes.The iphone is useless to the person who stole it because its  locked but it has recent family holiday photos on it  so if anyone finds it abandoned i would appeal for them  to contact me.

Kelly backs legal challenge to equal marriage ban

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has called for equal marriage rights to be extended to the North. 

Speaking ahead of two couples going to court to seek a judicial review of the North’s equal marriage ban, he said; 

“Sinn Féin wants to see an equal society for everyone, regardless of their sexuality, gender, religion or anything else.

“Marriage equality threatens no one and sends out clear message that discrimination will not be tolerated.

“The recent referendum in the South shows the level of support for equal marriage.

“The North now is in the shameful position of being the only part of these islands which does not have marriage equality.

“It simply does not make sense to deny gay couples the right to marry in Derry or Belfast while gay couples can marry in Dublin.

“It is beyond time that equal marriage rights are extended to couples right across the island.”

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Lives can be saved with defibrillator register-Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has said a register of all defibrillator machines will help save more lives. 551530_829422410447158_7011883869998710051_n

Speaking after an Assembly debate on defibrillators and the need for a register , he said;

“Defibrillators are now located in civic buildings, schools, sporting clubs, community organisations and many other locations across the North.

In 2011 I got unanimous backing for a motion in the then Derry City Council calling for the introduction of the machines at council facilities and for staff to be trained in their use. And this year we have seen the installation of defibrillators in the city centre with the help of City Centre Initiative  ,Council ,Ambulance Service and various bodies.

“But often paramedics and others responding to emergency situations are not aware of the location of these live-saving devices.

“After discussions with the medical director of the Ambulance Service, David McManus, he accepted the need for a register of defibrillators.

“I am pleased the Assembly unanimously passed my party colleague Olive McMullan MLA motion calling for a register, which would be accessible by the ambulance service and first responders.

“When an organisation purchases a defibrillator the sale should be immediately registered with the ambulance service so they can be aware who bought it and where it is kept.

“In emergency situations time is of the essence and the quicker paramedics can get access to a defibrillator the more lives can be saved.”

Kelly welcomes extension of Translink 212 service between Derry / Belfast

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that from next Wednesday 1st July a new late night Goldline 212  service between Derry and Belfast will operate .COLLY

Councillor Colly Kelly said “This is a very busy service between Derry and Belfast. Users of it will welcome the news that from Monday to Friday the time of the last bus from Belfast has been extended for weekdays to 1am and the last bus out of Derry has been given a new time of 11pm.

It’s good to see these services being extended which will give greater choice for the traveller.

It will allow workers, people attending the likes of concerts or sporting events in Derry or Belfast a bit of flexibility if they now know there is a later service to both cities.

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Sinn Féin to bring Marriiage Equality motion to council on Thursday

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly speaking ahead of bringing a motion to Derry City and Strabane District Council calling for  marriage equality in the North .His call comes after the referendum success in the South a number of weeks ago.

“Sinn Féin believes that all citizens are entitled to full equality before the law, regardless of their background, including sexual orientation or gender. Nothing less can be tolerated in a modern, progressive and inclusive society. I have tabled a motion for this coming Thursday at the monthly Derry and Strabane Council meeting calling for support of marriage equality” Cllr Colly Kelly said

Ahead of the meeting we are asking people to gather for a short sort vigil outside the Guildhall at 3.30pm on Thursday  in solidarity of marriage equality.

The recent campaign in the 26 Counties energised and engaged a whole new generation of young people in the democratic process. This result shows when people fully participate in the political process that change is not only possible but inevitable.

“Sinn Féin played a very positive and active role in the Yes campaign. We took our message of equality to the doors, put up posters and engaged in a very active social media campaign.

“The fact so many of our people returned home to vote in this campaign highlighted yet again the need to tackle the issue of voting rights for the diaspora and for Irish citizens in the North.

“The marriage equality rights that will be enjoyed by Irish citizens in the south must be shared by citizens in the north.

Community alert following Bogside crime spree

COLLY“Once again another area of the city has been targeted by criminals.

 

I would like to make an urgent appeal to residents in the Bogside area to a take a few extra security measures following a number of opportunist break-ins and attempted thefts of cars on Wednesday night/Thursday morning.

 

Cars and outhouses were targeted in William Street, Colmcille Court and the Abbey Street area.

 

I have spoken to one family who had a considerable amount of damage caused to their car in an attempt to steal it.

 

I would urge extra vigilance from residents over the next few weeks and if they see anyone acting suspiciously to alert their neighbours and to contact police straight away.

 

 

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