Crackdown on neighbours from hell
WEXFORD'S Superintendent has reassured local councillors that he will not tolerate people being made miserable in their homes by unruly neighbours.
Supt Kevin Gralton assured last week's Joint Policing Committee (JPC) during a wideranging discussion on antisocial behaviour that he takes a particular interest in the issue, saying 'it's very close to my heart'.
He informed the TDs and councillors present that the housing miscellaneous provisions act covers local authority housing only and that when issues arise in private houses the act is of no benefit.
However, Supt Gralton said the Gardaí would not tolerate anti-social behaviour by residents of houses in Wexford, causing misery for their neighbours.
'I've used Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) extensively and where possible,' said Supt Gralton.
' This worked in a particular corner of this county where there was a problem that no longer exists,' he said.
He informed the JPC members that if they knew of a particular case in Wexford to let him know and he would gladly take it on.
The issue was raised by Cllr Padge Reck.
'It amazes me that people's lives can be ruined by an unruly neighbour,' he said, 'and when you go to deal with it there's so much buck-passing it's unbelievable.'
Cllr Reck pointed out the council's new approach to housing means it will be leasing private houses around Wexford for people on its housing list (some 2,500 for Wexford County Council at the moment) and he hoped that this social integration doesn't lead to social disintegration.
He said he wanted to see a situation where 'whether you are a private or public tenant, if you don't behave you are out', pointing out that he was aware of one man who had to leave his home with his family after the situation with the neighbours became 'intolerable'.