Local Councillors incensed by ‘ridiculous’ official report
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Cllr. Kathleen Kelleher suggested ‘offering to transfer the land nominally. I think it could be disposed of to the residents adjacent to the land.'
Cllr. George Jones said 'I think this report is very peculiar. The laneway is in a terrible state and people are drinking there. There are bottles everywhere and people are loitering. It's our land we should have cleaned it up from the start. As for that comment that there were no reports of anti social behaviour - did they think those bottles arrived by magic? walked Cllr. Stephen through Stokes this laneway said he often and said he could see how people were nervous. ‘I have heard reports of people getting pizzas delivered to them there. I think disposing of it would be unfair on the residents and I would like to see it closed immediately. Cllr. Kelleher said that traditionally when the council disposed of lands it became incorporated into people's gardens and that was why she suggested it. ‘I am really frustrated by this thing. We are going to be talking about this in three months time. We need to have this sorted within the next two weeks. People's quality of life has been destroyed.' Cllr. Ciaran Hayden said the ‘report is completely at odds with reality; there has been many, many incidents of anti social behaviour not just the fire and they have been reported to gardai. ‘People involved in this purchased land from the local authority to build and maintain their own homes and they have been left with this alleyway.' He felt the access issue was being used as an excuse as ‘ many many services go through private proper-ty Cllr. Simon Harris suggested that the council should proceed immediately with the statutory process involved in the extinguishment of a right of way, which the members agreed to and they also demanded a meeting on site with residents and the director of services. However this meeting is now not expected to take place as Director of Service Mike Nicholson said in a letter to members: ‘I see no requirement for a meeting to discuss this issue. The Housing Directorate gets many requests from all parts of the County to extinguish rights of way. There is a standard procedure which we follow at all times. ‘It would be unfair and inappropriate for us to treat this particular request any differently. Your members have passed a resolution requesting that the statutory procedure for extinguishment of the public right of way in the laneway be commenced immediately, and that is precisely what we will now do.'