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Sinn Féin call for investment in Community Infrastructure in Unionist Caw area of Derry

18 July, 2007

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said the largest Protestant/Unionist area in Derry is in urgent need of investment to develop vital community infrastructure.

Ms. Anderson recently helped launch her party's unionist outreach strategy and the problems in Caw/Nelson Drive were among the key issues which emerged from subsequent discussions with community workers from unionist areas of the city.

Ms Anderson said:

"The Caw/Nelson Drive area has a population of some 3,500 yet there is a scarcity or community facilities while a number of other issues such as unemployment and drug and alcohol abuse are also major problems. It is clear that there is serious objective need in the Caw/Nelson Drive area.

"It is an area of high unemployment and there are problems around drug and alcohol abuse, low educational achievement and everything else that goes with living in a socially-deprived area.

"Despite this, community workers in the Waterside are telling me that there is a serious lack of funding when it comes to providing community facilities and tackling the deprivation in the area."

Ms. Anderson intends to raise the issue in the Assembly and insisted there was nothing unusual about a Sinn Féin MLA championing the cause of the city's largest unionist area.

She said:

"We are committed to tackling poverty, inequality and deprivation wherever it may be.

"Whether it's in the Bogside, Creggan, Nelson Drive or Newbuildings, we will do all in our power to ensure that social deprivation is tackled head-on. Everyone has the right to live free from poverty and wherever that is happening it needs to be addressed on a basis of equality." ENDS

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