Page last updated at 11:17 GMT, Wednesday, 20 May 2009 12:17 UK

Youths build wall to paint mural

Wall, Fountain
The wall is built on Housing Executive-owned land

Youths in the Fountain estate in Londonderry have built a wall to replace a mural in the area.

They want it to bear the slogan 'West Bank Loyalists Still Under Siege' which was painted on the wall of a former fire station before it was restored.

The new wall has been built on Housing Executive land next to a nursery.

Fountain community worker William Jackson said the authorities had reneged on a promise to provide a replacement site.

"For the last number of months the Housing Executive whitewashed it all.

"They don't want to know anything about it, so the young fellas felt sort of let down with it and have decided that where they're building it now is the best place for tourists to see it.

"The Fountain likes to keep its heritage," he said.

A spokesperson for the Housing Executive said it was aware of the issue and "conscious of the sensitivities" around it.

He added that a resolution "acceptable to all parties" was being sought.



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