A dedicated anti-social behaviour campaign will be rolled out to clean up some of Longford’s most troublesome estates, a meeting of the Co Longford Joint Policing Committee heard last week.
At the top of that list is the Gleann Riada estate on the outskirts of town.
Chairperson, Cllr Gerry Warnock said both the Council and local gardaí were keen to rectify the “serious problems” local residents were encountering on the estate.
Without going into too many of those difficulties, Cllr Warnock said the root cause o f Longford’s anti-social behaviour ills stemmed from Ireland’s property bubble.
“The Celtic Tiger, the availability of cheap accommodation and absentee landlords allowed people from outside the county to come and set up home and in some cases set up shop,” he said.
“The Gardaí and local authority have been very involved with the unfinished estates (team).
“They (residents) are having a serious set of problems out there.
Supt Fergus Treanor said he had been down to the estate himself while also revealing gardaí were continuing to liaise with a local residents committee.
“I am aware of some of the issues there (in Gleann Riada).
“Any complaints that people have we are very willing to listen to,” he added.
“Certainly it’s an estate, as there are a number of other estates in the town that need serious attention,” he said.
Fine Gael Cllr John Browne told the meeting that some animal owners in the estate were allowing their ponies to graze in the common green areas.
Cllr Seamus Butler, however, said committee members should look to the huge strides that have been made in estates like Spinglawn.
“A lot of the anti-social behaviour we have in the Longford area are legacy issues,” he said.
“I think one thing is encouraging if we make concerted effort we can change behaviour in certain areas and the shining example of that is Springlawn.
“People are now even seeking to get housed there.
Three or four years ago if you mentioned Springlawn the reply would have been ‘I will go anywhere but Springlawn’.”