THE Gardai should be asked to be “extra vigilant” over the coming weeks to prevent anti-social behaviour and to curb littering.
The call was made by Cllr Phyll Bugler, Fine Gael, after she as told by Newport area manager Liam McCarthy that it would be too expensive to have CCTV cameras operating on a full time basis.
Saying that CCTV was not the only answer, Mr McCarthy stated that “if teenagers or those who indulge in anti-social behaviour don’t want you to see them, they won’t let you”.
He said that the best way to end the problem was through educating people and suggested that the council work through the community gardai to stamp out the problem.
Cllr Bugler told the May meeting of Newport area councillors that she “didn’t mind people drinking bottles of beer, but it is the mess thte leave behind them”.
She was reminded by Mr McCarthy that drinking in public places was illegal in North Tipperary under council bylaws.
Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath put the onus on parents over littering saying: “Monkey do as monkey see. The onus is on parents not to throw bottles or items out car windows.
People who dump in ditches were described as the “lowest of the low” by Cllr John Carroll.
The Fianna Fail councillor said that when people come to the council complaining that there is “no money for this or that, they should be told we are spending huge money on cleaning up litter. Shame on those people who litter.”
He said that people who litter should be fined by the courts and made carry out community service, but the court were “seen to be very soft on littering”.
Meanwhile, Labour’s Cllr Jonathan Meaney urged that the council use the new Household Charge register to ascertain from people how they disposed of their litter as 38 per cent of households were now registered