Council seeks approval for Regeneration Officer

Council seeks approval for Regeneration Officer
At last week’s monthly meeting of Longford County Council, members were informed that the local authority’s executive had made a submission to the Department of the Environment seeking clearance to recruit a Regeneration Officer.

At last week’s monthly meeting of Longford County Council, members were informed that the local authority’s executive had made a submission to the Department of the Environment seeking clearance to recruit a Regeneration Officer.

The person who fills the position will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the regeneration plan for Longford town.

It is hoped the plan will provide a shot in the arm for the local economy and effectivley tackle anti-social behaviour.

“The last 12 months have been a very positive time for Longford, and if we can get the regeneration programme in place, it’ll raise it further,” said Cathaoirleach Cllr Mark Casey (Ind).

“We have an excellent executive fighting tooth and nail for Longford.”

Labelling the plan a “matter of urgency” to deal with anti-social behaviour, an emotional Cllr Gerry Warnock highlighted one issue at a housing estate in Longford town.

“I got a call from a landlord who is being intimidated by drug dealers.

“These b*****ds are selling drugs and intimidating decent people.”

Cllr Paul Ross (FG) added: “This is a matter of urgency. There are problem areas not just in Longford town, but in other areas like Edgeworthstown.”

Voicing concern over the length of time the recruitment process will take, Cllr Seamus Butler suggested approaching another local authority for assistance.

“Is there any way we could get someone on secondment from another county council?

“The Department will take about two or three months to approve the request, and that along with the recruitment process will take too long.”

Cllr Mae Sexton (Ind) supported Cllr Butler’s view on secondment.

“We need to give confidence to the people playing rates in this town,” she said.

In response, Longford County CEO, Tim Caffrey, explained: “Regarding secondment, you need two parties to agree. I’ve asked other local authorities if they have spare capacity and they are looking into it.

Mr Caffrey added that, “We need the right person for this job.”