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Monday, 13th November 2017

Bell vows to get laneway closed to curb anti-social behaviour

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The laneway between St. Finian’s Park and Donore Road which has been the scene of much anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Paul Bell has vowed to help residents in St. Finian’s Park and Donore Road who have been subjected to years of anti-social behaviour to get a laneway between the two closed.

 He said that in response to residents’ concerns which have been echoed by Gardaí and Council, he had committed to putting forward a motion to Council to close the right of way which will reduce the number of pedestrian access points from Donore Road from three to two.

“While I have done everything possible to avoid such a course of action. The concerns of residents can no longer be ignored” Bell said. Acts of antisocial behaviour include criminal damage, verbal abuse of residents and illegal drug related activity not to mention illegal dumping.

“Local residents have also complained that the laneway is being used for the distribution of illicit contraband allowing individuals involved in this activity to go unchecked and unchallenged.

 He said that closing the lane had been considered in the past but it was thought to be too disruptive for passengers using the bus stop at BD.

“However, as the new bus stop is now further down the road, the Ballsgrove exit is viable and for those citizens walking to the thatch the pedestrian lane way from St Finian’s Park to the junction at Donore Road will remain open” he concluded.

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