Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has raised concerns about anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of Abbeyside Beach.
“I have written to Council officials and the An Garda Síochána to raise my concerns about ongoing anti-social behaviour and littering at Abbeyside Beach, which is having an impact on the nearby grounds of Abbeyside A.F.C.
“Over 100 young people train and play at these grounds each week and the club is the only one in West Waterford to field two youth teams. It is a part of the community and a source of pride to many who give freely of their time. I met with the club chairman to discuss a range of issues and its clear that ongoing anti-social behaviour and littering is having a negative impact on club and on those who work hard to keep it going.
“I have proposed simple solutions such as installation of lighting along the side of the club grounds and increased Garda visibility in the area, which together would do much to address this issue.
“Players, coaches, parents and volunteers are entitled to a safe, secure and clean environment around the club grounds. A proactive and joined-up approach by both the Council and An Garda Síochána is needed.”