Tour Locations | Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City
LOCATION 11 | Derrie Danders: A Guide to the Quayside and North City
The Quay - Atlantic Drift Sculpture/City Council Offices
As you approach the City Council Offices, look over to your left and you should be able to see a sculpture entitled Atlantic Drift. There's a photo of it now on your screen.
It was created by the local artist Locky Morris from reclaimed timber, lead and steel. As it says on the plaque attached, little now remains of Derry's original docks and wooden quays.
"The timber piles now transformed into something new show the marks and effects of a lifetime in the river. These tidal markings could be seen as emblematic of Derry's fascinating history as a port with its many waves of emigration and trade."
Continue to walk past the Council Offices and note the large anchor at the entrance door, to further emphasis the importance of shipping to the city's history.
I had previously told you that the Guildhall was the place where the local council had there meetings, but this office is where the management of the council area services is based. Northern Ireland now has 11 district councils for local government purposes. They have less responsibility than councils in the rest of the United Kingdom, as they do not get involved in education or road and house building. Their main functions are planning control, waste and recycling services, leisure services and local economic and cultural development. A generalisation is that they "empty the bins and bury the dead!!" The local council here is called Derry City and Strabane District Council and it looks after an approximate local population of 150,000 people. Councillors are elected for a 4 year term under the single transferable vote system, which means that you vote by a series of number preferences rather than a single x system.