Clonmel Borough Council are acting to stamp out serious anti-social behaviour in two Clonmel locations, where residents are tormented and concerned for their families’ safety.
In Glen Oaks estate, the council intends to block access to a large open field which has been the site of a recent serious assault, where groups regularly congregate, where fires are lit, and where noisy scramblers are being driven. Two walls will be built to close of cul de sacs which open onto the field.
Closer to the town centre, it is also proposed to permanently close a laneway in Sheehy Terrace, which has been a magnet for anti-social behaviour for a number of years.
Town clerk Ger Walsh told this month’s meeting of Clonmel Borough Council that both issues had been referred to the Anti-social Behaviour Committee in Clonmel, and discussions had also taken place with Clonmel gardai.
In relation to Glen Oaks, Mr Walsh said the erection of two walls is to alleviate the ongoing anti-social situation there but is not a precedent, and is being looked at by the Council as a once-off.
The proposal to extinguish the right of way to the laneway on Sheehy Terrace will require the Council to place a notice in a local newspaper, and request submissions from members of the public, which can include a request from the public for an oral hearing on the matter.
An attempt was made to close this lane approximately eight years ago but that failed. Cllrs Siobhan Ambrose and Billy Shoer recalled how residents living near the lane were disappointed with that outcome.
“Since the last time we went through this, the anti-social behaviour has not stopped,” said Cllr Ambrose.
“Residents originally wanted that laneway closed, those who live near either end have always wanted it closed,” she added.
Cllr Helena McGee said that it was a shame that the Council are being forced to close lanes because of anti-social behviour.