The Killylea Road underpass in Armagh has undergone a much-needed clean up, with litter and drugs paraphernalia removed.
Repairs were also made to the gates and new locks were fitted, with the gates having been forced open in recent times.
The area has long been regarded as a hotbed for anti-social behaviour and littering, meaning local residents will undoubtedly regard the clean up as long overdue.
The tunnel, which is a pedestrian underpass going under the Killylea Road, received a £24,000 facelift in 2016 that involved the removal of the steps at the Emania Terrace entry point and the installation of a new fenced area.
However, the gates have been locked for a number of years, leaving the tunnel not only inaccessible for use but also as a dumping ground for litter, including shopping trolleys.
He said that it had been a “major, ongoing problem” and, despite pleas to a local MLA, there had been no action on the issue.
Although it’s been eight months since we first highlighted the issue, the residents of Emania Terrace may finally be seeing some form of resolution, as what was long regarded as an eyesore in the area has been completely restored.
Commenting on the new work, SDLP councillor Thomas O’Hanlon said: “Thanks to the team in Council for giving the tunnel underpass at Killylea Road, Armagh an overdue clean up this week.
“I’m working with police to ensure the area is is free from anti-social behaviour where local residents can live in peace and quiet. Thanks again to the lads in Council for a job well done!”