Residents hit out at fires and rubbish in the scenic Glen River Park

Residents hit out at fires and rubbish in the scenic Glen River Park
Cans, bottles and litter left at the Glen River Park over the weekend.

CONCERNED residents on the city's northside have hit out at a rise in anti-social behaviour at a public green amenity in the area.

There have been reports of wheelie bins being set on fire overnight at the weekend at the Glen River Park, while dozens of broken cans and bottles have been left strewn throughout the green area too.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said the issue subsides during summer months but has been a frequent problem during the autumn and winter months in recent years.

The Glen River Park is a popular spot for walkers. It includes a large amount of seating and public greenery, as well as a unique habitat that is home to a wide range of plants, birds and insects.

Residents claim the amenity is being badly damaged by the anti-social behaviour and have urged Cork City Council to intervene to solve the problem.

The remains of a fire at the scenic Glen River Park.
The remains of a fire at the scenic Glen River Park.

Blackpool councillor Kenneth O'Flynn said that the issue is not unique to the area but is prominent throughout the city.

He said it is a matter of garda resources.

"I am very familiar with the issue here and in other areas in Ballyvolane. I received a number of calls about such issues over the weekend, as a matter of fact" he said.

"This is a citywide problem and it boils down to a lack of gardaí on the street.

"They are under-staffed and under-resourced and it means that they can't keep up with issues like this."

Mr O'Flynn said that, in many cases, communities are now looking to City Hall to combat these issues by putting up fences and walls to prevent access.

"It has worked in some areas but it won't work everywhere," he said.

Rubbish left behind at the Glen River Park.
Rubbish left behind at the Glen River Park.

"We would end up with a city of walls and fences. CCTV, for example, tends to be very successful when it comes to combatting dumping but in the case of anti-social behaviour, it just tends to move issues down the road."

Other residents in the area have also complained of groups throwing stones at cars, stealing wheelie bins and other anti-social behaviour issues.

"This isn't confined to any one area of the city," Mr O'Flynn said.

"But it is the kind of thing that won't go away without a garda presence. We need to empower the guards and ensure that parents are also held accountable for the actions of those under 18."

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