The following is the College Avenue Residents’ Association letter from which Cllr Bobby Delaney quoted at the Mountmellick Joint Policing Committee meeting last Thursday evening:
“We have many concerns about the level of anti-social activity in the College Avenue area. Recently there has been a car burnt out in the middle of the night. The volume of unwanted people hanging around the bridge and drinking in the playground has reached an unacceptable level.
“It’s proven time and time again that the playground has been nothing but trouble and it is our cars being damaged and our houses that have had stones thrown at them on a regular basis. (Three house and six cars).
“None of our children can use the playground. There are youngster on quad bikes chasing and scaring the children. This is an accident waiting to happen. Some people are living in fear of the recent events. People cannot sleep with the noise of people shouting outside our houses at night.
It would be a great help if the bollards were replaced at the entrance to the bridge. We were promised cameras to reduce anti social behaviour but this never happened.
“We need an increased Garda presence in the area. It is too easy for people to escape over the bridge when the patrol car arrives. As we have previously been informed, the bridge was a right of way. But we have seen that right has been abused too many times at our expense.
“It looks like drastic measures must be taken. For example, erecting some form of fence high enough to keep the culprits out--with a locked gate which only certain people will have a key to. Please inform us of what measures you will take to help our situation. We would be extremely grateful for any help you can give on the above issues”.