Wednesday 22 May 2019

Fears new Ardee CCTV will be lost

Fears have been expressed that the proposed €100,000 CCTV system for the Riverside Walk in Ardee could be lost unless the local gardai sign up to introducing it.

The area has been the subject of anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Jim Tenanty told last week's area council meeting that he believed the gardai needed to act quickly in relation to the proposal. 'They have been notified by the council but there's been no response,' he stated. 'This is a matter of urgency and we have only weeks to sort this out or lose the funding.'

He said former local superintendent Andrew Watters spoke to the media when the issue was raised some weeks ago and he said that anything that could help prevent crime was to be welcomed.

Joe McGuinness from Louth CC said he thought it was a matter for the Department of Justice, while Cllr Dolores Minogue said she felt the funding came from a community programme and while €80,000 had been allocated, it would be a €100,000 project, but funding had been secured. Cathaoirleach Pearse McGeough said that clarification was clearly needed in relation to the project and Mr McGuinness said that it would be investigated.

Drogheda Independent