28 May 2022

Fresh pleas for extra CCTV to be installed in Longford town

Longford Greyhound Track

There have been calls for a major extension of Longford town's CCTV network to incorporate the former greyhound track

Longford town's CCTV network could be in line for a major extension in the wake of the council's recent acquisition of the county town's former greyhound track.


Independent Cllr Gerry Warnock raised the prospect of strengthening Longford's current security camera network in anticipation of the commencement of the Royal Canal Spur Gateway Project later this year.

The long mooted project is expected to link the Royal Canal right back into the heart of Longford town.

Cllr Warnock said he was of a view extra CCTV was needed in a proposed public space at the rear of the Market Square, at the beginning of the Longford Canal Walk as well as between Longford's Farneyhoogan and Canal Bank estates.

He was speaking as councillors elected to Longford Municipal District held their February monthly meeting last week.

Cllr Warnock also said there was a demand for units at Longford Greyhound Track to be incorporated into the agreed development plan for the seven acre site.

“These areas have a history of antisocial activity such as dumping, public drinking and drug dealing and the placement of these cameras would provide peace of mind for local residents and for all who use the amenity for sport and recreation,” he said.

Cllr Warnock asked for a specific plan be drawn up with a view to presenting it to a dedicated CCTV Monitoring Committee with a view to a formal recommendation being amade to local councillors for consideration.

The appeal was one which received the unanimous backing of elected members.

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