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Plan to reopen Greenbrae as quickly as possible

The clean-up operation at Greenbrae traveller site.

The clean-up operation at Greenbrae traveller site.


A CLEANUP of the Greenbrae traveller site which has become a notorious eyesore since it was closed to the travelling community almost a year ago, was completed in recent days.
 
For months, Derry City and Strabane District Council and the NI Housing Executive  (NIHE) were at loggerheads over who has responsibility for the site.
 
In the middle of March three abandoned caravans which where delaying the clean up of the site, were deliberately set alight.
 
Local Sinn Féin councillor Brian McMahon and Independent councillor Patsy Kelly both welcomed the news of the clean-up at the recent Derry City and Strabane District full council meeting.
 
Cllr Kelly said, “I welcome the cleaning after shouting for months in council that action needed to be taken. I will continue to raise the issue at council and make sure everything is cleaned up properly. I will also be asking council to engage with the three families who now reside on the illegal site at the Tinnies.
 
“I would like council to make contact with these families and address the issue of moving them to a more appropriate site in our district. The place is a mess and it is not safe or suitable for a family to live on.”
 
A spokesperson for the NIHE said, “We plan to reopen the Greenbrae site as quickly as possible, subject to availability of funding.”
 
Under Article 28 of the Housing Order (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 the Housing Executive NIHE, “must provide such caravan sites as appear to it to be appropriate for the accommodation of caravans of members of the Irish traveller community”.
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