Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has highlighted the need for a redevelopment of the Ringfort Road to assist in curbing anti-community activity in this area of Hazelbank.
Cllr. McGinley said: “I have been in contact with a number of agencies including the Housing Executive and Street Lighting to identify measures which may help to minimise the number of anti-community incidents which are taking place on the Ringfort Road.
Young people are using the cover of darkness and the inadequate lighting in place to stone motorists travelling along the road and a number of vehicles, including buses, have been damaged. Indeed, it is only through good fortune that serious injury has been avoided.
This issue has been raised on a number of occasions at neighbourhood safety meetings and the PSNI, Community Restorative Justice and local youth workers have been working to eradicate these incidents.
I have now requested site meetings with Street Lighting officials to pursue additional illumination and also with the Housing Executive to examine if hedges and trees can be cut back to restrict hiding places.
There are exciting plans in place for a new BHCP community centre in this area which will bring much needed facilities but in the short term other measures are required to ensure the Ringfort Road is a safe place for residents and drivers.”