CCTV cameras are set to be installed along the Riverside Walk in Ardee in a bid to combat anti-social behaviour.
ThisIsArdee.ie has learned that an application for funding for the cameras has been lodged as part of the government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme. Last year, Ardee was granted €72,250 for new signage around the town, improvements to roundabouts and new playground pieces which have been installed at the Fair Green in Ardee.
The installation of CCTV has long been called for in the public area. It is a renowned hotspot for public disorder and anti-social behaviour. A solution to the long-standing issue has yet to be found by authorities.
We understand the camera network will transmit directly into Ardee Gardai Station where officers will be tasked with monitoring the feed from cameras along the walk.
The aforementioned scheme is returning this year as part of the government’s Action Plan for Rural Development. In total across the country, €20 million will be made available to towns and villages. €10 million was available last year.
The scheme is specifically aimed at small rural communities – towns and villages with populations under 10,000. In Louth, Ardee qualifies for funding, as does Collon, Tallanstown, Castlebellingham, Dunleer, Reaghstown and more.