Donegal County Council is being asked to provide funding for CCTV in Oldtown Letterkenny following recent incidents of anti-social behaviour.
Mayor of Letterkenny-Milford Donal Coyle is calling for cameras at Ros Suilighe and at the McNeely Villas housing estates.
The Fianna Fáil Councillor said there is a large number of elderly people and people living on their own in these estates and he has been approached by people seeking the extra security.
“Only a fortnight ago windows were broken in a house in Ros Suilighe,” Cllr Coyle said
He highlighted other incidents earlier this year:
“There were two fires in that area, one behind the shop, which was very close to a gas tank, just adjacent to McNeely villas and another fire at the old Model Bakery site.
“People have a certain sense of security if they have CCTV cameras. I would urge the council to look at this and provide the funding for it,” Cllr Coyle said.
The issue was raised at this week’s meeting of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District, where the council responded to say that a data protection assessment would be required before any CCTV system is introduced in such a high density residential location.
Sinn Féin Cllr Gerry McMonagle added that he hoped the council could access the money to install CCTV, as it “goes a long way to allay the fears of residents where there is anti-social behaviour and other activity going on.”
Cllr McMonagle added that CCTV could help Gardaí and act as a deterrent to anti-social activity.Tags: