Council’s hands are tied over empty site which is privately owned

Council’s hands are tied over empty site which is privately owned
THE Old Keytronic Buildings is now become a makeshift campsite for a number of homeless people, with reports of a tent being erected on site.

THE Old Keytronic Buildings is now become a makeshift campsite for a number of homeless people, with reports of a tent being erected on site.

This is latest development in what is fast becoming a headquarters for Dundalk’s vagrant community, and a hive for anti-social behaviour.

Drier weather and longer nights, combined with shelter from the mature trees surrounding the building, have meant that building has become a popular spot. What’s more, wood and boardings are now been stripped from the building for fire word.

The situation apparently escalated on Monday night last week.

Speaking to Dundalk Democrat, Cllr Ollie Morgan said: “Regrettably it appears that the residents who live around the former Keytronics building are in line, over the next several years, to be afflicted by the same type of anti-social hell as were the residents of the Newry Road, for over a decade, by the slide into dereliction and degeneration of the former customs station complex.

“For members of our council and senior members of our staff to “wash their hands” of this building`s slide to dereliction on the basis “oh, it`s private property-there is nothing we can do!” is grossly inaccurate, is a cop-out and is totally unacceptable.”

Cllr Morgan also told the Democrat that a tent had even been put up on the site and was being used by several of the residents.

“It is my considered opinion that the diligent and competent use of even half the powers which are vested in our council, our executive and An Garda Siochana by our Oireachtas would solve this problem within three months. I would call earnestly on the people with the power to move immediately to robustly address this burgeoning problem.”

Dundalk Town Council had previously stated that as the property is privately owned, it is not their responsiblity.

While there is the possibility of requesting sn owner to secure a site, this is costly for the DTC to do, and often completely impractical for an owner of building to implement if their site is unoccupied.