Multi-agency approach needed to give Crumlin glen back to the community - Kearney
Sinn Féin national chairperson and MP candidate for South Antrim in the forthcoming Westminster election, Declan Kearney, has called for a multi agency approach to tackle anti social behaviour in Crumlin Glen.
Speaking today Mr Kearney said:
“The Crumlin Glen is a fantastic facility that is used by a large amount of people both from the town and further afield including families, dog walkers, photographers, anglers, GAA and soccer clubs, and schools.
“However there has been a series of anti social issues and acts of vandalism in and around the glen and come evening many people are turned off from using the facilities.
“This anti-social behavior in the glen also spikes at times of schools holidays. The mid- term break alone saw a number of fires, where nearby residents had their bins and patio furniture burnt and a serious assault on a young man passing the glen. This is completely unacceptable
“I would also make an appeal to parents, given the age group of those involved in underage drinking in the glen and the tendency to see greater damage at school holidays to be mindful of where their children are especially with the Easter break only weeks away.
“We urgently need to see is a multi agency approach to tackle what is happening in the glen. Both myself and my colleague Cllr Anne Marie Logue have been lobbying for statutory agencies to invest in bringing the glen, a local beauty spot, back to a safe and welcoming environment for all the community to enjoy at all times.”