Concerns over the infestation of drugs in residential estates in the town were brought to the fore recently by one town councillor.
Cllr Brendan Gilmore (Ind) highlighted the issue by remarking: “The people in the area involved in drugs have moved into Teffia Park from Palace Crescent”. Cllr Gilmore then went on to say that the matter needed to be addressed. “We have to clean the scum off the streets, and the people in Teffia [Park] are contaminated with them.”
Cllr Gerry Warnock then added: “Yes there is a drugs problem and it is terrible that it has now moved down the road - we need to get the scum off the streets”. Speaking to the Leader about the drugs problem in Longford town, Chairperson of Co Longford Drugs Forum, Cllr Tony Flaherty (FF) said that the reality was, that the resources were not in place to deal with the matter. “We don’t have the resources to monitor every street corner, but we do need to tackle the issue,” he said, adding that drugs were “free flowing” in the town. “It is very worrying to see the problem spreading to an area like Teffia Park, an area that is settled and very well established in this town. Drugs have to be stopped and we all need to act fairly fast if we are to deal with it effectively.” It was then suggested by Cllr Denis Hughes (FG) that Palace Crescent be included in a Cluid regeneration project. However, Town Clerk, Dan Rooney stated: “There is not a hope of getting Cluid in there - Palace Crescent is a private estate and Cluid wouldn’t be interested in it.” “Well it would be one way of sorting out the dump,” Cllr Hughes replied.