Barry welcomes Greystones District Neighbourhood Watch Initiative

Social Democrat Councillor Mark Barry welcomes the reactivation of the Neighbourhood Watch Leaders meeting by Greystones Garda.

Local Greystones Councillor, Mark Barry today commended the recent efforts of the Greystones Community Gardai to reinvigorate the area’s many neighbourhood watch schemes.

Cllr. Barry was speaking after a presentation by Garda Maria Curtis and Wicklow Crime Prevention Officer John Fitzpatrick, which took place on Thursday evening in Greystones Rugby club and which involved local neighbourhood watch street leaders and coordinators.

Cllr. Barry said “It is a great Initiative by Gardai Maria, Sandra and John to get engagement across the various Neighbourhood Watch schemes. These schemes provide the community with a direct, and very important link to the Gardai, where both parties can support each out. This meeting also helps to link the various neighbourhood groups up and allows us to share our experiences with others in the group.

“It was great to see a good gathering from estates all over Kilcoole, Greystones and Delgany all there to support each other. Its also great to see our new estates get on board with the scheme, and I want to take this opportunity to welcome the newest group from Archers Wood to the network.”

Cllr. Barry concluded “Having worked with a group of people to start neighbourhood watch in Charlesland a number of years ago, we have found over Covid some of the groups have lost some connectivity with each other. This recent initiative from the Gardai will hopefully be a springboard to reinvigorate the community.”

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