Anti-social behaviour tops agenda at public meeting



Published 25/09/2012 | 14:40

Town Clerk Brian Murray, Cllr. Grainne Maguire, Superintendent Noel Carolan, Louise Butler from the Policing Forum, Zoe Nelson, Louise Edmonds of Fingal County Council, Margaret O'Brien and Inspector Declan Yeats at the meeting in the town hall.

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour dominated the agenda of the most recent public meeting on crime and crime prevention held by Balbriggan Community Policing Forum at the Town Hall.

Residents of Balbriggan and Balrothery had an opportunity to come along and bring their issues of crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour to the appropriate authorities. The public meeting was attended by the new Balbriggan Superintendent, Noel Carolan, Inspector Declan Yeats, Louise Edmonds and Brian Murray from Fingal County Council. The meeting was chaired by Louise Butler from Balbriggan Community Policing Forum. About 50 locals turned out for the meeting and the issues raised were mostly around anti-social behaviour in the town, including drinking at the beach, litter at the beach and harbour, antisocial behaviour with neighbours in housing estates and speeding in housing estates. Balbriggan Community Policing Forum encouraged the public of Balbriggan to participate more in these regular meetings, saying: 'The success of the public meetings will depend on the public's involvement. Antisocial behaviour is something that affects us all. Each contribution is important and all views are always welcome.' Also on the night there was a safety exhibition of home and property security systems with local safety companies who showcased their services and were on hand to answer questions from the public. The Balbriggan Community Policing Forum is an independent body who aims to build community capacity, develop links and further enhance communication between the residents of Balbriggan, state agencies, local authority and An Garda Siochana.

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