Ardee Municipal District councillor Jim Tenanty has called on Louth County Council to take a more heavy handed approach in dealing with problem tenants of social housing in the county.
The Ardee-based representative made his comments at Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Ardee Municipal District where he implored the local authority to do more to protect tenants who are victims of anti-social behaviour.
The issue of anti-social behaviour in council run estates was raised by Sinn Fein’s Pearse McGeough who claimed some victims of such behaviour were being encouraged to be put on the transfer list more so than the offenders themselves.
“It is a serious issue for them,” he said. “They are good, law-abiding tenants and they’re probably being encouraged to to put on the transfer list more so than the offender. The tenants have to be protected.”
Tenanty accused the council of adopting a “softly softly” approach. “They need to be heavy handed,” he said. “It’s putting a sour taste in the mouths of everyone in the affected areas.
There’s too many final warnings. If they are a fish out of water, we have to ask – who put the fish into the water? If the council create a problem, the council should solve it.
- Jim Tenanty
- Ardee Municipal District councillor
“It attracts the wrong type of people. There’s too many final warnings. If they are a fish out of water, we have to ask – who put the fish into the water?
“If the council create a problem, the council should solve it.”
Senior Executive Engineer Aoife Lawler said she could not comment on individual cases but did confirm there were a number of cases being dealt with in Ardee with “solutions in place.”
“We have anti-social behviour officers working with people,” she added.
McGeough’s party colleague Tom Cunningham said the council had a duty to do what is right by their tenants. “We can’t allow rogue tenants to be able to cause trouble in an estate or to upset their neighbours or their surrounings.”
As of the end of September, there were a total of 11 anti-social behaviour cases currently being investigated by Louth County Council, with four in the Ardee Municipal District.
65 investigations have been completed this year, with just nine in the Ardee and Mid-Louth area – with 24 in the Drogheda Borough and 32 in the Dundalk and North Louth area.
In 31 of those 65 cases, no anti-social behaviour was found to have occurred. 24 verbal warnings have been issued countywide in 2018. No tenant has been evicted as a result of anti-social behaviour this year, with six exclusion orders put in place in Louth during that time.