‘Wanton vandalism’ upsets Limerick housing estate residents

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Images of the recent litter problem at College Court that were sent in to by concerned residents
RESIDENTS in a Limerick city estate are “fed up” of vandalism, litter and anti-social behaviour, which they say has been ongoing since September.

RESIDENTS in a Limerick city estate are “fed up” of vandalism, litter and anti-social behaviour, which they say has been ongoing since September.

Concerned residents living in the College Court estate in Castletroy, who contacted the Limerick Leader, have called on Limerick City and County Council, the gardaí and the neighbouring University of Limerick to intervene in what has been described as “wanton vandalism”.

The residents claim that students living in the area emptied bins and “topped them over out on the road” last week. One resident said that a commercial bin was also stolen, which was used by 16 residents in the area.

A witness said that Tuesday and Thursday student nights are regularly “horrendous” for locals who permanently live in estate.

“Over 20 windows were smashed here last week, from the top of College Court to the back of it. This place was handed to the students in September and it was just beautiful. There wasn’t paper or a bottle.

“Not all students are bad people, but we just have some of them here, and it is just out of control,” another “upset” resident said.

A spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council said it had received a litter complaint during the week, and that it would deal with the problem “as soon as possible”.

A litter warden, employed by the council, patrols the College Court estate twice a week, though with no fixed timetable.

“The council urges the public not to litter and to not tolerate those who do. The council urges people to get involved to keep our city and county free from litter and waste. If there isn’t any, perhaps you can get one going with your neighbours or community group,” the spokesperson for the council added.

A UL spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.