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19/09/2021

SDLP councillor asks for consideration on locking Lowrys Lane gates

Shauna Cusack
An SDLP representative has asked those behind locking a security gate in Lowrys Lane to consider the inconvenience caused to everyone who uses the public right of way. Councillor Shauna Cusack said: “I was contacted on Friday by a resident who uses Lowrys Lane who asked why the gates at the section of the lane leading from Kylemore, opening onto Hatmore had been closed with the use of a padlock. “The person then had to walk all the way back up what is quite a steep hill to get out and I’m sure others to do the same. I called the wardens who assured me that they weren’t responsible-especially as it a health and safety issue. “I understand people are anxious, particularly at the moment with a recent spate of thefts in the area and across the city. I did forward residents requests to have the gates temporarily locked with the Policing Safety and Community Partnership, but I was reminded that the purpose of the gates is solely for curtailing anti-social behaviour issues and are not a guarantee of crime prevention. “There would also be, as there has been in the past, considerable objections from the public who frequently use this laneway as a shortcut. “If the need arises for these gates to be locked it is under the strict supervision of the Council Safety Wardens, individuals cannot assume that responsibility-especially because both ends of the lane need to be opened simultaneously.   “If anyone is experiencing issues in this area, I would ask they contact the council’s safety wardens, or myself and we will be happy to help.”

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