Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Angry residents block access to Creggan building site

Residents of a Londonderry estate have blocked a building site in protest at the disruption they say it is causing.

Cars and vans belonging to people in Creggan have been used to halt access to the entrance of the construction site, where work on 180 social houses has begun.

People living in the Circular Road area began the blockade on Wednesday and have vowed to continue for “as long as it takes”.

They are protesting a lack of access to their homes caused by the construction company's lorries.

Building work began in earnest two weeks ago. Donna McCool's house is adjacent to the site and she said assurances given to residents have not been adhered to.

She added: “They told us they would keep the road clean, but they haven't — but the constant stream of lorries was the worst.

“They start on the site from 6am, amber lights flashing, and it is constant after that.

“We were told work would continue for three years — no-one could stick this for that time.”

Michael Thompson, MD of T&A Kernoghan, which is building the houses for the Apex Housing Association, said he had referred the matter to the police.

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