Zero tolerance for anti-social seaside menace

By Dan Walsh

It is not unusual for public representatives to bring matters to public attention relating to serious public concerns about anti-social behaviour at seaside resorts along Wexford’s 250km beautiful coastline which are normally within the remit of the local authority bye-laws.

A visit to the seaside should be a positive family day out experience and in most situations that is the norm. However, occasionally the nasty side of anti-social behaviour spoils the holiday and now is the time to aim towards zero tolerance.

Unsavoury practices such as excessive litter scattered around, erecting campsites at unauthorised sites, damage to private property and general trespassing, not forgetting injury to the good name of the seasonal amenity, and occasionally crime and criminal acts committed are reported annually.

Nobody wants their holiday or one-day family day in the sun ruined by anti-social activity. So now is the time to bring matters of the unsavoury kind to the ears of the local authority.

Wexford County Council  has plans to regulate the use of piers, harbours and car parking areas under its custody and control at Arthurstown, Barrystown, Ballyhack Harbour, Cahore Pier, Carne Pier, Courtown Harbour, Duncannon Harbour, Fethard Harbour, Kilmore Quay Harbour, New Ross Marina and Town Quay, Rosslare Strand Moorings, Slade Harbour, St. Helen’s Pier and Wexford Harbour.

The draft bye-laws are in accordance with Part 19 of the Local Government Act 2001 and Section 89 of the Harbours Act 1996 and are available for public inspection from today, Tuesday, July 7th until Monday, August 10th during normal working hours at Wexford County Council Offices at County Hall, Wexford, Civic Square, The Avenue, Gorey, Courthouse, Court Street, Enniscorthy, and The Tholsel, New Ross.

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