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Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOGARTY

A BIG belly bin was re­moved from the Lit­tle Tern play­ground in Kil­coole due to con­sis­tent van­dal­ism.

There have also been re­ports of un­der­age drink­ing, fire­works be­ing set off, and in­tim­ida­tory be­hav­iour to­wards par­ents with young chil­dren who are try­ing to use the play equip­ment.

Res­i­dents said that youths are bring­ing bags of al­co­hol in the evenings, play­ing loud mu­sic and hav­ing all-night drink­ing ses­sions.

The mat­ter was raised at a meet­ing of Grey­stones Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict last week when Cllr Tom For­tune was ask­ing if a bin could be found for La Touche place in Grey­stones.

Dis­trict en­gi­neer Ruari O’Han­lon said that the Kil­coole play­ground bin had been set on fire and ‘ab­so­lutely trashed’.

Each big belly bin in the dis­trict came at a cost of €5,000, he said.

Cllr Jen­nifer Whit­more asked if CCTV at the play­ground was an op­tion. She said that a small num­ber of peo­ple have caused prob­lems at the play­ground. ‘No mat­ter what peo­ple do - call the com­mu­nity garda or talk to them - it doesn’t seem to solve any is­sues. This is be­hav­iour which is dif­fi­cult to stop.’

Dis­trict man­ager Michael Ni­chol­son said that there must be cau­tion with CCTV at play­grounds. ‘ There was a time we were told we could never do it. Not ap­par­ently it can be used in cer­tain cir­cum­stances.’

Cllr Derek Mitchell asked if it could be put on the agenda for next month’s garda meet­ing. Cllr Grainne McLough­lin said that a cou­ple liv­ing nearby said they would never have bought their house had they known what they faced. She said she tried to speak to youths there and they told here to f-off. She has also rang the gar­dai nu­mer­ous time.

Cllr Tom For­tune said that it is a smash­ing play­ground, and it’s a shame this is hap­pen­ing. ‘It’s be­ing de­stroyed by a hand­ful of peo­ple,’ he said. Cllr Gerry Walsh men­tioned a sub-com­mit­tee for CCTV fund­ing, look­ing at lo­ca­tions for in­stal­la­tion. He and Cllr Law­less are mem­bers.

Cllr Law­less said that they would get a re­port from that com­mit­tee for the next meet­ing.

Mem­bers men­tioned the pos­si­bil­ity of ban­ning over-12s, which Cllr Whit­more said would be a shame.

Lit­tle Tern Play­ground in Kil­coole.

Cllr Tom For­tune

Cllr Grainne McLough­lin

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