Damaged playground equipment

Anti-social behaviour 100 yards from Garda Station

Anti social behaviour at the Boreen Keel playground is taking place just 100 yards from Navan Garda station, it was pointed out at a meeting of Navan Municipal Disgtrict Coucil this week.

Cllr Tommy Reilly called on Meath County Council to erect steel railings and automated gates at the playground.

“I have had a lot of contact from residents in the area about anti social behaviour.

“There has been damage done to property in St Patrick's Tce and O'Growney Tce.

“We have to do something to alleviate the pressure on residents,” he said.

He was told by council officials that it would not be standard practice to erect steel railings and time-lock gates at playgrounds and this approach wasn't recommended. As part of most playground developments, the standard fencing which is installed is 1200mm high bow topped fencing.

Cllr Padraig Fitzsimons said it was amazing that a playbround just 100 yards from the garda station had so much anti social behaviour.

“It seems to be a focal point for anti social behaviour. These people have no fear – it is a shocking depiction of modern society,” he said.

Cllr Eddie Fennessy said he was in regular consultation wth residents.

He said the community garda felt that CCTV would be a deterrent.

He said there was a community meeting planned with the gardai in the next week or two.

“I go there regularly with my son.

“Young lads play football there on Saturday mornings. Maybe CCTV would be an option,” he said.

Director of Services, Martin Murray said council officials should also be at the meeting.