Minister pledges 250k funding to help Derry residents

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has said up to £250,000 will be made available to stabilise a wall which collapsed in Londonderry.

Mr Attwood said he had given Derry City Council "the green light" to move contractors onto the site at Marlborough Terrace and Harding Street.

A landslide caused a wall to collapse last week, and a second section came down on Saturday.

Earlier, Derry City Council had asked the DoE for approval for funding.

A structural report, commissioned by the council and received earlier on Monday, estimated the cost of making the area safe in the immediate term was up to £250,000.

"Having received a report from the council after 1pm today, my recommendation that DoE should give the green light for expenditure of up to £250,000 to stabilize the damaged wall has been accepted," Mr Attwood said.

"This has been and remains a very difficult situation for residents, especially coming up to Christmas.

I have spoken personally with the chief executive of Derry City Council and informed her that the council can proceed to get contractors on site to stabilise the wall."

Earlier, Derry City Council chief executive, Sharon O'Connor, said that everything was being done to reassure residents.

"Because of the ongoing risk to people we felt the need to take action," she said.

"Could I please urge residents to be vigilante to their personal safety and pay heed to the advice they have been given."

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