Call for community to ‘reclaim St Cuthberts’

by Ian Begley

Calls have been made for urgent action to tackle the apparent increase in anti-social behaviour in St Cuthberts Park, Deansrath.
The call from Clondakin TD Eoin O Broin (SF) comes after several weeks of joyriding and illegal dumping in the park.
Speaking to The Gazette Deputy O Broin said: “St Cuthberts Park is a valuable amenity for the local community. Unfortunately it has been subject to ongoing illegal dumping and reckless riding of scramblers for some time.
“During the last three weeks the situation has escalated to very dangerous levels. On three separate nights cars have been driven into the park, driven around at speed and then burnt out.
“This behaviour is causing significant damage to the park and significant cost to the council. Worse still, it is forcing local residents out of the park who no longer believe this valuable amenity is safe for them or their children.
“The situation has now reached a crisis point. There is an urgent need for the council, the gardai, local politicians and the community to work together to reclaim St Cuthberts.”
O Broin added that immediate steps must include repairing the park’s kissing gates and increasing the Garda presence at peak anti-social times.
“In the medium term we need to look at the issue of access to the park and measures to tackle illegal dumping. There is also a need for changes in the law to deter people riding or driving illegally in the park,” he said.
In response a spokesperson for South Dublin County Council said: “ A meeting is being organised by the council to engage with elected members, representative residents and the South West Clondalkin Safety Forum to work together to improve St Cuthbert’s Park so that it can be enjoyed by all who live in the area.”

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