Transforming laneways will reduce anti-social dumping - Cusack

Thu, 28/02/2019 - 09:33 -- Editor

SDLP Foyleside Councillor Shauna Cusack is seeking to investigate the potential for a programme of works to try eliminate indiscriminate dumping in the City’s most targeted laneways through art and horticulture.

Cusack states ‘following the acceptance of my proposal to Council last November to actively combat graffiti while simultaneously encouraging the promotion of urban art, I felt there were more strings to this bow.

I am delighted that Council officers are currently putting the framework and logistics of this project together and even more delighted that local creative organisations such as UVArts are leading the way and I am honoured to be working with them. No one can fail to be impressed by the quality, standard and sheer talent of our fantastic local artists and as a Council we should be making the most of these assets and herein lies my mission.

Having worked for years on the persistent, frustrating issue of indiscriminate laneway dumping within my Foyleside constituency, I realised my mantra that when an area is decorated and maintained, then it is generally respected, could work to tackle not only vandalism but this problem too.

My vision is to bring laneways back into use for the residents by making them visually inspiring and environmentally friendly with various paintings, plantings but most of all, people.

I hope to discuss these ideas and plans further in the coming weeks with local experts and artists to see how this vision could become a reality. I would imagine one area would be a pilot project and it’s success could see a City and District wide duplication. Like all major projects, funding as well as buy in from Council, residents, volunteers and hopefully sponsors will make or break this idea, however I am confident it is the best way forward to achieve the attractive, clean, safe communities we all deserve.’