Residents in Killarney estate call for upgrades to estate to help combat anti-social behaviour

Residents in a Killarney estate have called for upgrades to their area to help combat anti-social behaviour.

Yesterday, Killarney Municipal District received a deputation from members of the Ballyspillane Residents’ Association.

Two weeks ago, there was a suspected petrol bomb attack on a house in the estate.

Residents highlighted the need to install CCTV and upgrade street lighting and infrastructure.

The importance of monitoring and enforcement regarding the control of animals, illegal dumping and burning was also outlined.

This year marks the 40th anniversary since the first residents moved into the Ballyspillane estate, which has 216 houses.

Chairperson of the Ballyspillane Residents’ Association David Foran and member Veronica Murphy highlighted the positive work being done in the estate, outlining the strong sense of community there; this was highly praised by the Killarney MD councillors.

The safety of residents was mentioned as a priority, with the deputation saying lives are now at risk.
They said the estate had its ups and downs, adding residents are frustrated as it appears there are no repercussions for those engaging in anti-social behaviour, with innocent neighbours most affected by these dangerous activities.

The deputation asked for an audit be carried out on footpaths, roadways, public lighting and parking, and for it to be continually assessed.

Mr Foran and Ms Murphy called on councillors to push for the Anti-Social Behaviour Policy of KCC to be made fit for purpose and to fight for increased Garda presence in the town.

Kerry County Council engineer Vincent Horgan said Ballyspillane will benefit from an LED lighting scheme and says works to provide additional parking outside the resource centre will commence at the end of the month.