BARRIERS will soon be placed at the entrance to Holyhill Car Park, Enniskillen, but one local councillor has warned that the anti-social behaviour problem may simply move to another car park.
At this months meeting of the council it was confirmed that barriers would be put in place to prevent cars being driven up into the area late at night. SDLP councillor Frank Britton though expressed his concerns.
“I must remind councillors that before this night time car activity moved to Holyhill it was somewhere else, it does tend to move around the town.”
He continued: “I welcome this, but I have to ask that where these cars go after is monitored.
“The likelihood is they will go to another carpark around the town.”
The situation at Holyhill Car Park had got so bad according to local councillor Rosemary Barton that neighbours were ‘actually planning on selling their homes’.
“Because of this situation their young children can’t sleep at night.”
Director of Technical Services at the council Gerry Knox explained that a meeting had taken place between the council and representatives from the PSNI and Road Service.
It was agreed that barriers would be put in place by Roads Service with the council in charge of opening the barriers in the morning and closing the barriers at night.
It was agreed that the council cost of paying a member of staff at night would be reimbursed.
It was agreed that if an issue arose of a person being locked in the car park it would be dealt directly by the PSNI.
Mr Knox confirmed that following approval from the council, received on the night, work by Roads Service would be ‘fairly swiftly dealt with’.
Independent councillor Bernice Swift commented: “ I am delighted that the necessary assistance provided by council now affords the practical solution by means of barriers closing the carpark at night preventing inappropriate use.
“At long last the neighbours and ratepayers of Holyhill can live peacefully as of their right.”
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