THE Gardai have requested that Kilkenny County Council draft and past stronger bye-laws to help them deal with anti-social behaviour in the county’s parks. The new laws which haven’t been approved yet will give the Gardai greater powers to stop people suspected of wrong doing in Kilkenny’s parks.
The bye-laws were welcomed by the councillors many of whom felt that there has been a brake down in civic responsibility. Cllr Crawley (Fine Gael) siad that the burning of the health centre in Callan wasn’t just an act of vandalism but a sign of the deterioration in personal and civic responsibility.
Cllr Michael O’Brien (Labour) focused in on the cost that the council incurs from vandalism in the county’s parks. “We need to protect people and insure that the e35,000 set aside to restore playground equipment each year can be spent elsewhere."
The park bye-laws have not been adopted yet. There is a three month consultation process during which the public are invited to submit proposals to the council for inclusion in the bye-laws.