Anti-social activity at Avenue Road den

DESPITE being razed to the ground, the site of a now derelict house on the Avenue Road is continuing to be used by heroin addicts.

DESPITE being razed to the ground, the site of a now derelict house on the Avenue Road is continuing to be used by heroin addicts.

Last week diggers moved in the demolish the two houses on the Avenue road site, in a move which was welcomed by residents and local politicians alike.

The council had warned the owner that the site needed to be secured or it would face being torn down.

The owner then took it upon himself to level the site, but it seems that the few remaining outhouses that are still standing have now being used by heroin addicts who seem intent on not leaving the area.

One local person who didn’t wish to be named told the Democrat: “It’s got to the stage where you would know the people who are going in there well enough to say hello to them on the street.

“I’d say there are over 10 people going in there, sometimes in groups of two or three.

“It’s hard to say how many are going in and out as they are going in early in the morning and late at night, but they are definitely still using the site.”

Work was continuing this week as brick from the demolished building were being removed, while the site continues to be surrounding my wire fencing.

“This has being going on for a year, and residents are sick to death of this site.”

The new fear is that the site if that properly cleaned up, could become an eyesore on an otherwise well kept area of Dundalk.

Cllr Tomas Sharkey has been working at a solution to the problem. “A lot of work has gone into bringing the matter this far. The owner of the property stopped short and has left the shed in place. Dundalk Town Council officials have assured me that the enforcement being brought against the owner included the shed and also the removal of the rubble. This has yet to happen but I know council officials are taking the issue seriously.

“Let’s be clear about the whole issue of drug use in this area. It is illegal and so is the supply of the drugs to users. I am calling on all parents in the Avenue Road area to ensure their children do not venture into this derelict site. It is dangerous. I am also calling on the Garda Siochana to do everything in their power, with the limited resources the government has left them with, to prevent the sale of drugs in our town.”