Antisocial behavior at the Boreen Keel Playground is taking place just 100 meters from Navan Garda Station, it was pointed out at a Navan District City Council meeting this week.
Cllr Tommy Reilly has asked County Meath Council to erect steel guardrails and automated gates on the playground.
“I have had a lot of contact from residents in the area about anti-social behavior.
“There was material damage at St Patrick’s Terrace and O’Growney Terrace.
“We have to do something to ease the pressure on the residents,” he said. Council officials told him that it would not be standard practice to erect steel railings and padlock gates on playgrounds and this approach was not recommended.
For most playground developments, the standard fence installed is a 1200mm high arch fence.
Cllr Padraig Fitzsimons said it was astonishing that a playground just 100 meters from Garda station had so much anti-social behavior.
“It seems to be a focal point for anti-social behavior. These people are not afraid – it is a shocking representation of modern society, ”he said.
Councilor Eddie Fennessy said he regularly consults with residents.
He said the on-call community felt that CCTV would be a deterrent. He said there was a community meeting scheduled with the warden in the next week or two.
“I go there regularly with my son.
“Young people play football there on Saturday mornings. Maybe CCTV would be an option, ”he said. Director of Services Martin Murray said Council representatives are also expected to be present at the meeting.