Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has condemned the recent criminal behaviour in Drogheda’s Tredagh View which culminated in a petrol bomb attack on a house in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Cllr Saurin said “This behaviour is totally unacceptable and those who carried it out have no regard for the damage or injury they could have caused. Thankfully on this occasion no-one was seriously hurt but we could have been waking up to a tragedy this morning. These actions have to stop. They are not wanted in the community.”
David Saurin urged anyone who had any information to contact the Gardaí.
He also urged residents of the area and indeed, other parts of Drogheda, to attend an upcoming public meeting being held by the Joint Policing Committee.
“The meeting will be held in the Westcourt Hotel on 9th October at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend. This anti-social behaviour is not what Drogheda is about and I would encourage everyone to attend and learn about neighbourhood watch and other initiatives that communities can take to help get on top of crime. Residents, Gardaí and local authorities must all work together to combat crime.”
Drogheda SF Cllrs Kenneth Flood, Joanna Byrne & David Saurin
The 2017 Joint Policing Committee (JPC) Public Meeting date has been confirmed for 7.30pm on the 9th of October in The Westcourt Hotel, Drogheda.
Chairperson of the South Louth Joint Policing Committee Kenneth Flood said “I would encourage every Drogheda and South Louth resident to come along to the public JPC meeting. It is a vitally important meeting as it gives the people of Drogheda and South Louth the opportunity to put their questions, queries and worries regarding crime and policing to their elected representatives, the local authorities and the Gardaí. There will be informative presentations on the night, including one on crime prevention that would be very helpful to all residents.”
Cllr. David Saurin said “There have been well documented and highlighted cases of ongoing anti-social behaviour in several areas of Drogheda this year. Not least among them is in the Rathmullen Park area where new bollards have been erected to counteract the joy riding that was happening there. I want to welcome the new bollards but I would also like anyone affected by anti-social behavior to come to this meeting to hear about neighbourhood watch and other initiatives. We will only get on top of crime when the residents, local authorities and Garda all work together to combat it.”
Cllr. Joanna Byrne said “The JPC deals with all crime including headline crime cases like burglary and drug offences but it also deals with the crimes that affect all of us like illegal dumping. We have done a huge amount of work to combat dumping that is plaguing certain areas of our town and countryside but more is needed. If you feel like this issue, or any other has affected you, please come along on the night.”
Finally, Cllr. Flood said “If you wish to have a question answered on the night, please forward it to me in advance so we can assure that the answers are prepared and available.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has said that Louth County Council planners must not be allowed to fail Drogheda again. Cllr Flood was speaking after this month’s Drogheda Borough District Council meeting.
Cllr Flood said “I had two motions before the Council this month highlighting the fact that Drogheda has been failed by planners in the past simply by their failure to follow through on plans.”
Kenneth Flood’s first motion requested a roundabout at the entrance to the Termon Abbey/Aston Village/Beaulieu Monor estates on the Termonfeckin Road. He said “The roundabout was contained in conditions of planning for Aston Village and approved in 2003. But although the need for the roundabout was recognised way back in 2003, fourteen years later and it still has not been delivered but yet the houses and the large school it was to serve have been built and even more are being built with the addition of Beaulieu Manor to the area.”
The second motion Cllr Flood had on the agenda requested a report on how Louth County Council expected to deliver the Port Access Northern Cross Route (PANCR). Cllr Flood said “every resident of Drogheda knows that the PANCR is a vital piece of infrastructure needed to take the heavy goods vehicles out of our town centre and to alleviate the traffic congestion”.
Cllr Flood went on to say he was “dissatisfied with the responses I received to both motions. The Council does not appear to have a clear plan for the delivery of the PANCR or the roundabout. These are both vital pieces of infrastructure and a failure to follow through on their own plans and conditions of planning. If planners continue to allow houses to be built in the future without the infrastructure to support them, they will be repeating the mistakes of the past and failing Drogheda, again.”
“I will continue to explore any and all possible funding options to deliver both of these projects and others that are needed in Drogheda. The planning lessons of the past must be learned and they will only be learned when we highlight these examples and be vigilant when it comes to future planning permissions.”
At the September Council meeting of Drogheda Municipal District, Sinn Féin Councillor Joanna Byrne queried the monthly homelessness report produced by the local authority.
Joanna Byrne pointed out “that again this month there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who are presenting as homeless in the Drogheda district, but I don’t find the report accurate and it is not a true reflection of the current homelessness situation in the town.”
Cllr Byrne said “I note that this month there has been a decrease in numbers presenting as homeless in both the Ardee and Dundalk districts and a significant increase in the numbers in Drogheda. But even at that, to be frank, I don’t find this report worth the paper it’s printed on. I can walk you over this town right now and show you several people sleeping in doorways. These are not irregular patterns, they are consistently sleeping in the same places, some of them for months now.”
Homeless in Drogheda
These comments were met with severe opposition from Paddy Donnelly, Director of Services with LCC who refuted the fact that this report wasn’t worth reading and stressed the work that goes into compiling it.
Cllr Byrne came back and said that whilst she meant no disrespect to the staff in the housing department, “the awareness needs to be there that the homeless crisis in Drogheda is much bigger than the local authority’s report portrays, be it down to the fact that maybe some of these people are not presenting themselves to the authority as homeless, or whatever the case may be, but the reality is that this is a growing epidemic and needs to be addressed.
“With the week that is in it and us having three homeless people die nationally, be under no illusion that these are not just big city issues, it won’t be long until a tragedy like that darkens our doors.”
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has issued a warning about fraudsters in the Drogheda area who are targeting the elderly and vulnerable people.
Cllr Flood who is also Chairperson of the Drogheda Joint Policing Committee was contacted by an elderly man’s concerned neighbours on Drogheda’s Northside after he was targeted.
Cllr Flood said “On Tuesday 22nd of August, three men in a white van called to this gentleman’s door claiming he needed his gutters cleared. They demanded an exorbitant €250 for the job which he paid because he felt coerced into doing so and after pretending to do the work they left without doing anything”.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the story. Cllr Flood then related that “the next day two different men in a white transit van called to the same gentleman’s home and claimed he needed work done to his roof. Luckily, on this occasion, they were challenged by the elderly man’s neighbours who were aware of what had happened the previous day and they quickly left the area”.
Cllr Flood was concerned at the very deliberate targeting of this elderly man. “I am advised by his neighbours that he is now terrified that he will be targeted again.”
The Drogheda Councillor urged residents “not to agree to anything on the doorstep and to keep a particular eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours who may be having work done. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, genuine tradesmen will be happy enough to answer any queries and identify themselves.”