The level of anti-social behaviour that is ongoing in the car park on O’Neill Street in Clonmel is a serious concern for residents in the area, particularly in light of the recent fire that threatened the lives of three women in a house on Albert Street.
Calls were made at this month’s meeting of Clonmel Borough Council for the car park to be closed each evening and re-opened again in the morning in a bid to curb the actions of some people who are congregating in the car park.
Workers and Unemployed Action Group member Teresa Ryan said that there was serious anti-social behaviour going on in the car park and said that they had to do something about ‘youths laden down with cans of beer’ that were going there.
“I am asking for this car park to be closed in light of the recent fire at the house on Albert Street after a wheelie bin was set alight,” said Cllr Ryan.
Her WUAG colleague Cllr Billy Shoer said that mirrors had been kicked off cars parked in the car park and agreed that it should be closed. He said that it may be inconvenient but it is nothing compared to the inconvenience caused to car owners or residents.
Town engineer Jonathan Cooney clarified that until September 2009 the O’Neill Street car park was closed in the evening and re-opened in the morning but he said that in light of the current economic circumstances, all council expenditure was reviewed and this practice was discontinued because it incurred overtime payments. But he said that CCTV was upgraded in the car park in response to this. He said that CCTV covers tha car park very well and is open to the Gardai to use it as they see fit.