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Cllr: ‘Neighbours are tormented’

Wednesday, 26th August, 2020 3:22pm

Residents living near the Tarry Path in Mayfield continue to be tormented with some afraid to leave their homes because of the ongoing anti-social behaviour, the Cork Independent has learned.

The area between Glenamoy Lawn and Avonmore Park in Mayfield has been blighted by illegal dumping, parties and drug use, local Independent Cllr Kenneth O’Flynn has said.

He added that several things can be done to remedy the situation.

The northside councillor said: “Sometimes you need to use engineering equations to fix anti-social problems. We need to now re-engineer the Tarry Path to move the steps into the nearby park which is controlled and managed and closes at 8pm.

“We need to seriously look at more investment for infill housing because this situation can’t go on. Neighbours are tormented. They know who the perpetrators are, but they are afraid to speak because some of these perpetrators are living nearby. People in the area are afraid to leave their houses in the evening. Many people won’t walk the Tarry Path to Mayfield because of the anti-social behaviour, parties, broken glass and needles that are discarded.”

Cllr O’Flynn also explained those causing the harm can’t be easily discovered as the path has plenty of hiding places and plenty of escape routes. “It’s a flaw in the original 1970s design plan,” he added.

This area is new to his constituency, but he said he has seen similar issues in other parts of the city which were sorted when the area was closed off.

“What I’m proposing is that one side of the Tarry Path has infill housing. On the other side, where the steps are, I’m proposing that the fence is moved by three to four metres, so that the area would be encompassed into the park and that would give residents access to the area from 8am-8pm as that’s when the park is open.”

He added: “I’ve been contacted by umpteen residents who had had to replace three or four bins this year because their bins have been burnt out. One resident has had to replace six bins in six months which is costly. We’ve had cars burnt out on three or four occasions this year.

“There’s been crews from City Hall cleaning up the area and that’s costing a small fortune overtime. It seems that the minute we have it cleaned and fixed, we’re back to square one again and it’s filled with rubbish and dirt.”

Cllr O’Flynn has a sent a question into City Hall about whether the CCTV cameras in the area are working which he said, as of yesterday, he is still waiting to get an answer on.

“Lights have also been burnt out in the area, which is an enormous expense to replace at about €1,400 a unit. I appreciate that gardaí are doing what they can, but the problem is that the Tarry Path has three or four different exits. You can’t police it until you have someone stationed there all the time and several squad cars,” he concluded.

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