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Residents living in fear

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 5:11pm

Calls have been made for reinforced windows to be installed in a city estate after numerous houses have been targeted with rocks with one narrowly missing a baby.

A number of residents in Lagan Grove in Mayfield are paying hundreds of euro to repair and replace their windows because of anti-social behaviour on the Tarry Path, behind the estate.

Local Cllr Stephen Cunningham said that it’s been happening for as long as he can remember.

He told the Cork Independent: “One lady had her window smashed three or four times last year and the cost of repairing a window can cost quite a bit, especially if you’re doing it time and time again.

“Another resident in the past had a young child, who was only six months old at the time, sitting under the window playing with his toys when a rock came through the window and it just missed his head. That could have been a lot worse than a broken window.”

There’s now calls for Cork City Council to provide security screening or reinforce windows for the tenants of Lagan Grove who have had their windows at the back of their homes continually broken by stone and rock throwing from the public pathway. Cllr Cunningham continued: “It’s very hard to live your life when you’re constantly living in fear of your back window being broken."

It’s a council estate with a mixture of young and old living there. He said that those who are throwing the stones and rocks are aged between eight and 15 and that they were not from the area.

The Sinn Féin councillor brought the matter up for discussion at a meeting of Cork City Council on Monday. He added: “The council don’t replace the windows so you’re responsible for the cost yourself. My motion that I had down on Monday was basically asking the council to install either reinforced window or safety protectors for the windows to ensure that they wouldn’t be broken.”

A solution

Cllr Cunningham said that a he’s been looking for a long-term solution. This is for the path to be closed off completely or for houses to be built on the Terry Path. He has been told that closing off the path would be costly while he also said that a report came back recently to say that the city architects were looking at that strip of land for housing.

“It would kill two birds with the one stone, it would improve the lives of those living in Lagan Grove and would allow the city council to house more people.”

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