There is no funding available in Laois County Council’s 2013 budget to erect CCTV cameras in the public car park in Mountrath, councillors heard at the recent meeting of Borris in Ossory electoral area.
Cllr John Joe Fennelly asked for the cameras to be erected in light of the damage to cars recently, as well as stopping people dumping at the bottle bank there.
Acting senior executive engineer Brenda Cuddy said that the cameras were “hugely complicated and expensive to install. This needs to be referred to the environment section”.
Cllr Fennelly said that the Tidy Towns committee have tried to make the area more attractive with flowers to deter people from dumping, and told the meeting that it was not possible to install cameras at the Bank of Ireland building beside the car park. “We have gone down that line and they can’t do it”.
Other councillors suggested maybe moving the bottle banks to a less secluded location in the town.
Councillor John Bonham suggested that maybe the bottle banks could be moved to the filling station in the town.