Lo­cal Coun­cil­lors in­censed by ‘ridicu­lous’ of­fi­cial re­port

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‘FAM­I­LIES ble so­cial Grat­tan sit­u­a­tion' be­hav­iour Park. are as liv­ing a in re­sult in an a in­tol­era-laneway of anti be­tween Beech­brook and Up­per

that that Cllr. area re­port Tom are is For­tune liv­ing ridicu­lous. in an said Fam­i­lies in­tol­er­a­ble ‘I think in sit­u­a­tion. there who There may have is a woman to sell her up house de­pressed. in a As mar­ket for pos­si­bil­ity which is to­tally of the ESB ob­jec­tion will the ESB pro­tect fam­i­lies liv­ing in de­spair up there for cry­ing out loud!'

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.'

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