Publish study into health now: Forum

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Local residents in the Strathfoyle area are becoming increasingly frustrated at the fact that a long-awaited health assessment into the effects of industry in the area has yet to be published, several months after its completion.

That’s according to Paul Hughes of Enagh Youth Forum, which is calling for the report’s prompt publication.

“Back in July we were informed that the report has been challenged by the Foyle Port, however we have heard nothing from council in recent months. We have been more than patient with Council, but now local people are ‘demanding’ that the full report be published,” he said.

“We believe that the report should now be published as a matter of urgency and we are calling on all those seeking election to the local Assembly this May to tell us what they will do to ensure Council publishes this long over due report that explores health and well-being implications of residing in areas of high industry.”

Last August this paper reported how Foyle Port’s lawyers had written to Derry City and Strabane District Council challenging what it called a fundamentally flawed report into whether the residential communities of Maydown, Strathfoyle and Culmore might be experiencing adverse health effects as a result of exposure to industrial activity.

But Mr Hughes says residents want it published now.

“I would encourage everyone to ensure that they take the time to open the front door when all political parties come canvassing to ask about this important issue.

“People need to ask these elected representatives why the report has not yet been published, after all it has been one full year since local people took the time to attend public consultation events and voice their concerns,” he said.