‘Sustained anti-social behaviour and vandalism’ in Carlingford Park

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Newry, Mourne and Down Council is being asked to intervene in support of residents in the Carlingford Park area, according to Workers Party representative Dan Gebski, who said they are struggling to cope with sustained anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

Speaking to Newry Times, Dan stated,  “This is a problem that has been going on for a number of years now and it is getting progressively worse.



“Youths and teenagers regularly congregate in the area behind the houses in Carlingford Park, an area that once provided a play park and a football pitch.

“Now it is the night time gathering point for young people and a scene of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

“I have spoken with residents in the area and a number are now reluctant to venture out at night.



“There have been a number of fires started in the area and broken bottles and other rubbish are commonplace,” he revealed.

“The long term solution, of course, is to provide constructive outlets for our local teenagers to allow them to express themselves without causing damage to the neighbourhood or placing residents in fear.



“In the meantime, I am calling on the council to address the immediate problems by installing new lighting in the area; erecting improved fencing; securing the area after dark; and by bringing forward a refurbishment plan that will restore the park area to its original condition.

“I am also calling on the young people who gather there to consider their neighbours and their neighbourhood, to support the redevelopment of the park area and to desist from any further damage or disruption,” Dan added.



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