‘Bonfire’ incident is ‘unacceptable’
RESIDENTS are growing increasingly concerned over an escalation in antisocial behaviour between Elmwood Drive and Abbeylea estate in Swords which came to a head a week ago with the lighting of a bonfire on waste ground between the two estates which resulted in gardaí and the Fire Brigade being called to the scene.
That incident happened last Friday week and the Fingal Independent has learned the incident may have started with the theft of a local man’s wheelie bin which was then used as the base for the subsequent bonfire.
Local councillor, Cllr Justin Sinnott (NP) has been talking to local residents recently and said that increasingly, they are having to ‘endure repeated incidents of antisocial behaviour’ in the area.
Cllr Sinnott said: ‘Residents in the area have had to endure groups gathering late at night, staring bonfires, drinking and engaging in rowdy behaviour into the early hours.’
Speaking late last week, Cllr Sinnott said: ‘ Last Friday witnessed an escalation of unsavoury incidents with residents being forced to call the Fire Brigade in the early hours of Saturday morning to put out a fire.’
Condemning the behaviour, Cllr Sinnott said: ‘What has occurred in Elmwood and Abbeylea recently is completely unacceptable. ‘It is causing a huge amount of stress for the people lifi9ng in the area. ‘I want to commend local gardaí for the work they have done to date to address the problem, however, there needs to be a plan to tackle anti-social behaviour in the wider Swords area, as this is not isolated.
Swords gardaí say that this time of year brings with in an increase in antisocial behaviour involving fires, as Halloween approaches.
This incident was followed this weekend by fire damage to a playground at Thornleigh in Applewood which occurred on the same weekend as a major fire at derelict prefab buildings at the back of the old Rolestown National School site.
October looks set to be a busy month for the emergency services in the Swords area.
Cllr Justin Sinnott.