Following a number of recent incidents at Portarlington playground, a local councillor has called for CCTC cameras to be installed and public lighting to be put in at the adjacent car park.
Cllr Aidan Mullins had a motion to the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District this week and said that the issue of ant-social behaviour has been going on in that area for some time.
“It was highlighted recently where some of the equipment was damaged. People hanging around there tried to set fire to equipment,” said Cllr Mullins.
“A lot of drinking and rowdiness goes on in that area and it spills into the playground. It frightens kids and parents are afraid to challenge them.
“There needs to be CCTV cameras at the playground as a deterrant against these louts.”
Cllr Tom Mulhall agreed with Cllr Mullins and said it was necessary to light up the footpath and the playground.
Cllr Mullins added that the playground was hoping to be awarded a Green Flag, just like Portlaoise. “If a camera and lighting was in situ, it would certainly help,” he said.