The possible closure of a Clonmel laneway, due to serious anti-social behaviour, will be subject to an oral hearing.
Town Clerk Ger Walsh told councillors at this month’s meeting of Clonmel Borough Council that, based on the 23 submissions received in relation to the controversial laneway in Sheehy Terrace, they were satisfied there is a case for an oral hearing.
He said that petitions had been submitted with significant numbers of names for and against the lane closure.
Drug-taking, drinking, burglaries and late-night noise are facilitated by the laneway, located between Dillon Street and Comeragh Drive. The issue has been raised at the Council several times, as well as Clonmel’s Anti-Social Behaviour Committee.
Mr. Walsh said that the decision to extinguish a public right of way is a reserved function of Clonmel Borough Council.
Councillors are not bound by the recommendation of the oral hearing inspector but he said it was their recommendation that a hearing should take place.
Cllr. Richie Molloy was concerned about whether or not the council would be abolished before a hearing takes place.
Mr. Walsh said that the hearing could take place in two months’ time. Only those who have made submissions previously can partake in the hearing.
Cllr. Billy Shoer said they should contact the Garda Superintendent, proposing that the community Gardai increase their foot patrol in that area in the interim.
All councillors supported the Town Clerk’s oral hearing recommendation.