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Fermac Disruption‏

15 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Derry City Councillor Lynn Fleming has called on Fermac to be more conscience of the community in which it works.

Councillor Fleming stated,

"Over the past week Fermac have accidentally cut both telephone lines and electricity cables in the Top of the Hill area while laying a new gas pipeline. The electricity which was off from 3.30pm on Friday until after 7pm was of particular disruption as many people had to send out for food to feed their families at teatime. In an area of high deprivation this was an extra cost that many families could do without.

"I have also been approached by families who were virtually cut off by a trench that was dug on Friday which have been lying empty over the weekend. While it was surrounded by barriers young people removed some over the weekend exposing pedestrians to the dangers of an open trench. Pipelines were also left unsecured over the weekend and young people put these across the road blocking the traffic.

"I would call of Fermac to secure their sites and to improve their house keeping especially at the weekends and engage with local community leaders and representatives. A simple solution maybe that phone numbers could be exchanged between Fermac and the local community so that any problems that arise are minimised.

"I would also like to praise the work of NIE who responded immediately on Friday and worked swiftly to restore the mains supply as soon as possible.

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