Because of the ‘persistent crime’ at Longford town’s Grafton Court, calls were made for additional lighting at a local authority meeting last week.
Cllr Seamus Butler (FF) - in his notice of motion on the matter - requested not only additional lighting, but also the inclusion of speed ramps in the area because of the ‘persistent crime and dangerous vehicle activity’ in the area.
“There has been several incidents in Grafton Court,” said Cllr Butler. “The speed of some vehicles there is not good and there is constant crime there as well.
“Traders are at their wits end and are trying to get something done.”
Cllr Butler went on to say, the area was also very dark at night and there had already been a number of muggings and assaults in the vicinity.
While alluding to the fact that there was “a lot of criminal activity in the area”, Area Engineer, Eamon Bennett said it may be possible to introduce some form of safety scheme at Grafton Court.
“Unless we can introduce a safety scheme, I am not sure what else can be done there,” he added.
“Yes, lighting would certainly help, but if it needs speed ramps, then you are talking about introducing a safety scheme because that is what would be required.
“The gardaí would then need to have input in relation to that, but I will certainly check it out and see what can be done; the road is so narrow there and it is a one way system - that makes it difficult to sort out,” Mr Bennett added.