DUNDALK Town Council are set to make a fresh move against a drugs site that remains a problem despite buildings being demolished by the owner, the Dundalk Democrat has learned.
The owner of a site on Avenue demolished two semi-detached dwellings earlier in the year after an enforcement order was served to him by Dundalk Town Council.
Yet local residents remain fearful that children could become addicts themselves or be infected with HIV or Hepatitis C.
Yet an out building on the now notorious site on the Avenue Road continues to be used by heroin addicts.
The town council have now said, in communication with a concerned resident, that they will move to demolish an outlying shed in the New Year.
Speaking to the paper, a concerned local resident told the paper: “The hoardings put up around the site have made little or no difference, as the addicts have just pushed there way in once more.
“The addicts themselves were not using the actuall house, they were using the outside buildings, so the demolishing of the house has made little or no difference.
“I would be out walking my dog early in the morning and you still see people going to and fro from the site.”
The concerned residents says that he believes that drug deals are being conducted at the site. “I’ve seen people arriving on push bikes and it’s seems to me like drug deals are being carried out. The site is obviously known as a hotspot in the area, so addicts congrugating at it.
“In fact, if anything, the site is now bringing more criminals into the area, aswell as creating a major eyesore for local residents.
“My question to council was when are you going to knock the shed. I was told that the shed is now going to be knocked in the New Year.
“It’s a good thing as residents are so frustrated with this that I wouldn’t be surprised if someone took a hammer to it, vigilante style.
“There are many families in the area, so everyone is obviously very concerned about local children coming across disgarded needles and possbibly contracting HIV or Hepatitis C.”
At the This week DTC notified the owner of the property, a Mr Oliver Kelly of Carrinshego, Culleville, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan that the structure, known as the Blakely houses, was now deemed to be a “dangerous structure” under the local authority laws.