Derry City and Strabane District Council is to install new barriers at both the entrance and exit of William Street car park to address anti-social behaviour issues in the area.

Speaking after proposing barriers be put in place, SDLP Councillor Brian Tierney said most of the residents had lived in the area for 30-40 years and had been left with "no option" but to stage a protest outside the Council meeting.

Cllr Tierney added: "Most of them were allocated homes in William Street from the Rossiville flats, so these people have put up with some of our city’s darkest days on their front door step and have endured an awful lot in their life time.

"I know most of these people personally and it’s taken a lot to get them to this stage today where they felt they had no other option than to protest outside our Council meeting seeking help with the current ASB issues they are facing nightly outside their homes."

Cllr Tierney added the SDLP had spoken to the next of kin of an 84-year-old woman who had lived in the William Street area for the best part of her life and was now a resident in William Street care home.
He added: "Her bedroom faces onto the car park and she has told me how she is struggling to get to sleep at night because of the noise outside."

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