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Demand for more gardai to patrol Harbour area off Naas town centre

Gardai at the scene of the the incident at the Naas Harbour area, pictured Saturday morning, May 17.                           Photo Tony Keane

Gardai at the scene of the the incident at the Naas Harbour area, pictured Saturday morning, May 17. Photo Tony Keane

The gardai are coming under pressure to resume more frequent foot patrols in the Harbour area of the town following the recent tragic death of a 20 year old Kildare town man.

There have been numerous complaints about anti social behaviour in that part of Naas.

Many local people voiced their concerns about the level of drinking and antisocial behaviour in that part of the town at night, notably at weekends

And there have been calls for the traffic to be allowed through the area as it once was in the belief that the passing of vehicles would act as a deterrent to illegal behaviour.

Before the area around the Kildare Youth Services was pedestrianised and bollards were erected, traffic could travel from Newbridge Road to the main street.

At the time the hope was that the area would become some kind of “French Quarter”, but aside from public buildings and the upmarket Vie de Chateaux, there is a good deal of dereliction in the area.

Many local people who live in nearby residential areas opt to take a longer route home than walk through the Harbour after dark.

There had previously been a call from an outgoing councillor (Rioghnagh Bracken) who grew up in the area for the traffic to eb allow through again “to prevent anti-social behaviour”.

But the local authority said the work that was undertaken was done to facilitate pedestrians and the entire area would have to be redesigned at considerable expense.

Cllr Darren Scully insists that Naas is safe and “everybody can feel safe walking the town”.

But he added: “I rarely see footpatrols, I personally haven’t seen one for years.”

 

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