City Hall urged to clean up ‘Black Path’

City Hall urged to clean up ‘Black Path’
Rubbish burnt at the Black Path, Mayfield. Pic: John Maher

RESIDENTS in Mayfield housing estates are “living in fear” because of an unkempt green area that is a magnet for antisocial behaviour.

Local Labour representative John Maher has hit out at City Hall for not tackling the issues at the area known as the Black Path, which runs adjacent to Glenamoy Lawn, Mount Brosna, and Avonmore Park, amongst others.

Labour representative John Maher, pictured at the Black Path, where anti-social behaviour and illegal dumping is on the increase. Pic: John Maher
Labour representative John Maher, pictured at the Black Path, where anti-social behaviour and illegal dumping is on the increase. Pic: John Maher

He said that the lack of maintenance has resulted in the area becoming overgrown, a situation which has resulted in illegal dumping, burning of rubbish, and, at times, drug dealing. Residents have had windows broken and even burning items thrown at their homes.

“People are living in fear,” said Mr Maher.

“Residents don’t want to hear about cities rising when they can’t walk safely in their own estate,” he said.

“I know one elderly resident who fell because of a lack of maintenance on weeds and bushes, which meant she couldn’t hold the railing for support.”

Rubbish burnt at the Black Path, Mayfield. Pic: John Maher
Rubbish burnt at the Black Path, Mayfield. Pic: John Maher

Mr Maher said the issues are escalating as they remain unchecked and urged City Hall to direct a programme of intensive work as a show of good faith to the community.

“The burning of rubbish not only creates a health risk by attracting vermin, it also provides ready-made missiles for further antisocial behaviour,” he added.

“City Hall must act to protect residents and ensure safety in our estates.”

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