Houses need to be ‘colour coded’

The council needs to identify who is living in houses where anti social behaviour is rife, a meeting of Longford Town Council heard last week.

The council needs to identify who is living in houses where anti social behaviour is rife, a meeting of Longford Town Council heard last week.

The matter was raised by Cllr Mae Sexton (Ind) after she highlighted the discovery of a “firearm”- by a child - in a disused shed in Palace Crescent a couple of weeks ago.

“That incident alone leads me to believe that we are not moving forward in the way that we thought we were in those areas,” she added. “I believe we need to identify who is living in these houses - who owns what - and I think that it can only be done in conjunction with Longford Co Council and the health board [HSE]. We could color code the various properties for our own benefit, so that we know what is going on.”

“I have just been informed that there are houses being boarded up in estates and that many of them are owned by the banks,” Cllr Peggy Nolan (FG) then fumed.

“That means that we have town council, co council, privately owned, and bank owned properties are all lying side by side and we do not know what is what, or who is who for that matter. There are vulnerable people living in estates and they are living beside houses that have been boarded up by the banks and are doing nothing except attracting anti social behaviour. The financial institutions were brought to book.”