Urgent Action Need on St Cuthbert’s Park- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West TD Eoin Ó Broin has today called for ‘urgent action to tackle the recent increase in anti-social behaviour in St Cuthbert’s Park’. The call comes after several weeks of joyriding and illegal dumping in the park.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“St Cuthbert’s Park is a valuable amenity for the local community. Unfortunately it has been subject to ongoing illegal dumping and reckless riding of scramblers for some time.
“During the last three weeks the situation has escalated to very dangerous levels. On three separate nights cars have been driven into the park, driven around at speed and then burnt out.
“This behaviour is causing significant damage to the park and significant cost to the Council. Worse still it is forcing local residents out of the park who no longer believe this valuable amenity is safe for them or their children.
“The situation has now reached a crisis point. There is an urgent need for the Council, the Gardaí, local politicians and the community to work together to reclaim St Cuthbert’s.
“I have contacted all of the relevant agencies with a view to sitting down and seeing what measures can be put in place to end the anti-social behaviour in the park and increase its usage by local people.
“Immediate steps must include repairing the kissing gates and increasing the Garda presence at peak anti-social times. In the medium term we need to look at the issue of access to the park and measures to tackle illegal dumping. There is also a need for changes in the law to deter people riding or driving illegally in the park.
“Ultimately we need a longer term plan for the park to increase its use as a leisure, sporting and heritage amenity for local people. Great work has been undertaken by the South West Clondalkin Community Safety Forum in organising clean-ups of the park and conducting a survey of park users. We now need others to support this good work.”