Creggan Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has appealed to young people who socialised around Kildrum Gardens and Rathlin Drive areas of Creggan to be very mindful of their behaviour and how this impacts upon residents, particularly older residents in the area.
He said he was approached by a number of residents in the area and decided to carry out a resident engagement through a door knock/leaflet drop to establish the views of people and identify what the issues are.
Councillor Kevin Campbell said “We did a door knocking exercise and talked to a large number of residents.It seems that at times large groups of young people, some from outside the area, are socialising in and around parts of Kildrum Gardens and Rathlin Drive.
Residents don’t necessarily mind that, but when noise levels rise or ‘muck bombs’ are thrown at people’s homes then that behaviour is totally unacceptable and has had a very negative impact upon residents, particularly older people.”
Cllr Campbell continued “I visited the area on Friday night as a follow up with councils Community Safety Wardens and introduced the Wardens to some residents, handed out letters with contact numbers for residents such as local councillors, Community Safety Wardens and CRJ .
I have also had discussions with the local Youth Services, who do great work in the Creggan area to assist in finding solutions to such problems. While there we also discovered that a number of lights were out in the area and I spoke to Transport NI and reported the lights and also requested Triax Neighbourhood Management Team in to cut back the overhanging hedges in an effort to whittle down cover for identified hotspots.”
Councillor Campbell stated he intends to also raise this issue at the community safety partnership meeting this week where the statutory agencies such as the Housing Executive, Apex Housing Association, Wardens, PSNI and CRJ and other community based projects attend to make sure that everyone was aware of the extent of the problems.
He concluded Sinn Féin will continue to be active to assist in resolving this situation and we would appeal to parents to have a word with their children and to be mindful as to where they are at night