Halliday Mills residents plea for help

A RESIDENT in a well-known Dundalk apartment complex beset by problems such as frequent parties and drug use has spoken about her experience there.

The problems facing Halliday Mills on Quay Street were raised at a recent Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting last Wednesday evening. The block of 83 apartments were refurbished and upgraded by Co-Operative Housing Ireland with the first tenants moving in to their apartments last January. Previously the site had been home to the infamous Ard Dealgan development which was a beacon for anti-social behaviour having lain empty for over ten years.

However, less than a year after the first tenants move on the new Halliday Mills development has quickly become embroiled with further cases of anti-social behaviour with some residents reporting cases of late night parties, drug and alcohol use as well as at least two cases of fires in the apartment complex including one just last Wednesday morning when residents had to evacuate their homes.

Halliday Mills residents were told that efforts are being made to address the anti-social behaviour.

One such resident told the Dundalk Leader that “a lot of problems are happening in the apartments” and “it’s quite upsetting as I like where I live, it’s very homey”.

“At the beginning when I first moved in there was one apartment that was constantly having parties on Tuesday and Wednesday nights,” she said.
“I rang the guards that night as it was still happening at 2am. They didn’t arrive. I also reported it to the housing and it was dealt with.

“The parties had stopped for about three weeks then began again. From what I know there is only one person living in this apartment but there is always four to six people there and smoking weed, which the smell is very strong.”

She added: “I don’t mind one or two people smoking it, people use it for medical reasons which I understand but in this case the people partying are all smoking it so it is extremely strong and comes through my vents.

“In the last weeks the fire alarms constantly go off for no random reason at all hours. Some very childish people are setting the off for no reason.
“It’s got to the point where people don’t leave their apartments as they know it isn’t a real fire.”

She concluded: “For the drug and alcohol use is getting out of hand, I can’t even sitting on my balcony without hearing people talk about drugs, selling drugs or high as kites.

“Throughout the night people bang on my door and neighbour’s doors trying to get in. They are either drunk, high or messing around. This I find quite terrifying as I live alone like a lot of others living in the building.”

Eoin Carroll, Co-operative Housing Ireland Policy and Communications Manager said in a statement: “Co-operative Housing Ireland actively engages with its members to support community projects, last year, for example, we supported dozens of initiatives and were finalists in the Chartered Institute of Housing Awards and the European Responsible Housing Awards.

“Supporting community is essential to what we do. We also encourage the importance of good relations with your neighbours.
“Across all our developments we respond proactively to issues and, when necessary, will begin the process of ending a tenancy.”
Eoin added: “We take anti-social behaviour very seriously and it is one of the grounds that can result in a tenancy being terminated.

“In relation to the fire, I would like to wholeheartedly thank those involved and their response, this includes: members living there, the fire service, the Gardaí, CHI staff and our security systems contractor.
“All fire detection, alarm and ventilation systems operated as designed and members went to the assembly areas as required. Most importantly, no one was harmed.”

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