ANTI social behaviour is growing in one of Tipperary’s many ghost estates, and unless something is done, the situation could spiral out of control, according to one concerned resident of Longfield Park in Boherlahan.
Longfield is typical of many unfinished estates across the County. Containing more than 40 houses, only about eight are occupied: the rest lie abandoned – testimony to the economic crash. Unfinished houses, dark stairwells, and no public lighting create a perfect attraction for anti-social behaviour and squatters. One resident told the Tipperary Star that a house near hers is being targeted for late night drinking parties. “You can’t see a thing out the window. There are no street lights here,” says Aine Gallahue. Aine and her partner are fed up with the squatters using an empty house nearby as a drinking den. Overstretched gardaí can’t take action until they catch the culprits in the act. Residents feel isolated and unprotected, says Aine. “They told us to ring when the squatters were there. We rang one night but nobody came out.” The squatters are generally younger men in their late teens and early 20’s. The problem house in Longfield is well known around the village. Rubbish, old tyres, empty cans, the remains of old fires, and graffiti on walls, are spreading from the house into neighbouring areas, creating a headache for residents who want to keep Longfield a place where families can be raised in peace and quiet.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.