'It's urgent' -Mountmellick CCTV scheme ask Laois County Council to say yes


'It's urgent' -Mountmellick CCTV scheme ask Laois County Council to say yes

With over €11,000 gathered from the public, Mountmellick CCTV scheme volunteers are pleading with Laois County Council to take on the role of data controller.

Member Barbara Lalor says the situation is urgent.

“It's urgent, we don't want big wording just a simple yes. We can't even send for the grant without this box ticked,” she said.

The group wrote to Laois County Council CEO John Mulholland to ask for their agreement, but Ms Lalor said no response was made.

“The fear is that Laois will be left to the bottom of the pile for grants. Any existing scheme is in turmoil,” she said.

She thanked the Mountmellick community for giving over €11,000 in the past year. of the €12,000 needed.

“We are up to nearly where we wanted to be. People have been great. Everybody has worked tirelessly. It is honestly embarrassing when you meet them and you have to explain why nothing is happening,” she said.

“We are hugely thankful to people, they have really dug deep, and you are hitting the same people all the time and the same purse,” Ms Lalor said.

The benefits of CCTV in Mountmellick would be multiple she said.

“It helps to stop anti-social behaviour as well as crime. It benefits the Gardaí too by giving them evidence.

“The Data protection office has said that the ball is in Laois County Council's court. We have our planning permission approved. We have a letter of approval from the Joint Policing Committee. yet the council is the stumbling block, it doesn't make sense,” she said.

She pointed out that CCTV groups are all volunteers.

“We are not getting paid, we are willing to take this on to make our town safer, everyone else is working in partnership,” she said.

Woodenbridge Community Alert in south Laois also has funds raised and ready to go with CCTV, last week raising another €1450 with a fundraising walk.