Resident’s balcony pelted with eggs

By Aideen O'Flaherty

A RESIDENT of Avonbeg Court, whose balcony and apartment windows have been pelted with eggs and stones since she moved in two years ago, said there has been an escalation in anti-social behaviour in the area, after someone gained access to her balcony and overturned her plants over the weekend.

The resident, who asked to remain unnamed, said groups of people have been gaining access to the apartment block as the gate to the development is damaged, and that one of their balconies can only have items thrown at it by people who have gained access to the communal area.

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Eggs thrown at one of the doors

These anti-social behaviour issues worsened on Saturday night, when the resident realised that someone had gained access to her balcony and damaged some of her belongings.

The resident told The Echo: “On Saturday night I heard a bang coming from the balcony, then later on I heard more bangs.

“I went out to the balcony to see what had happened and saw that all of my plants had been overturned.

“And on Friday and Saturday night, more eggs were thrown at the apartment. There are eggs all over the balcony and the windows.

“Every week, we’re having to put up with this.”

Three weeks ago, the householder’s cat was hit on the head with a stone while it was on the balcony, and the ongoing issues have also affected the woman’s health.

“I suffer from depression, and I get very stressed with all of this,” she said. “I feel terrible. I haven’t been sleeping since Saturday night, I haven’t been eating, and my doctor said it’s because of stress.”

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Eggs running down the walls of one of the houses

The development where the resident lives is maintained by Co-operative Housing Ireland, and the householder said she is calling on them to repair or replace the gate to the development in a bid to quell the worsening levels of anti-social behaviour.

“We just want them to do something sensible,” she said, “to install a new gate to stop this. If the back wall was higher, then they couldn’t throw eggs at our windows too.

“We just want them to do their duty of care to their tenants.”

A spokesperson for Co-operative Housing Ireland told The Echo: “We’re aware of this issue.

“This gate has been frequently repaired, most recently in the last number of weeks. However, the gate is being vandalised by non-members (not tenants of this development).”

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