Tuesday 16 July 2019

CCTV demand for Donabate village

In the absence of a Garda station on the Donabate and Portrane peninsula and with the population of the area set to grow with the planned delivery of more housing there, a local councillor has argued for a CCTV system to be provided for Donabate village to combat antisocial behaviour and crime.

Cllr Adrian Henchy (FF) asked the council to consider collaborating with stakeholders in the town and An Garda Síochana to provide the CCTV system 'as part of the overall public realm improvement' and suggested funding for the project might be sought under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

However, council officials explained that the local authority would have no role in providing such a system and only used CCTV systems for either protecting its buildings or heritage sites of for pursuing infringements of environmental law like fly-tipping.

However, the council did tell Cllr Henchy that there 'appears to be nothing in the eligibility criteria (in the Village Renewal Scheme) that would directly preclude the provision of CCTV cameras'.

The local authority advised that if a community group interested in pursuing the project wanted to make a case for funding it could apply with an expression of interest by May 29 but it said any proposal must 'be allied to other objectives in terms of increasing footfall in the town or village in question and promoting its economic development'.

Cllr Henchy said this was an issue he had raised before and he decided to raise it again having seen a growing issue with antisocial behaviour in the area. He said the peninsula was 'very vulnerable' without a Garda station and this would be an 'interim measure' to provide greater security for residents.

Fingal Independent