The Limerick Garda Division has made a submission to Garda Commissioner Drew Harris for a new garda station to be located at Castletroy in Limerick.

A meeting of the Limerick Joint Policing Committee heard the submission was made to include a new station in the Garda Capital Plan for 2022.

The Castletroy and adjacent Annacotty area has a population of over 30,000, including a large student population which occupies houses in the area around Castletroy, Monaleen, and Milford.

Residents say a garda station is justified as it is a large population area in a major suburb on the east of Limerick city, and also has a major industrial zone employing thousands of people.

The call for a garda station to be based there gathered extra traction this week after scenes emerged of anti-social behaviour in the College Court area of Castletroy, when a large gathering of students was involved in a street party in contravention of public health guidelines and which had to be broken up by several garda units.

Former Mayor of Limerick Councillor Michael Sheahan said he has sent a series of proposals to UL President Kerstin Mey to improve policing and security around estates in the area in which students live and which may improve matters for residents living there.

Mr Sheahan, who lives in the area, said there may be a case for the mobile security units used on campus to be extended to police estates nearby and there would be more collaboration and co-operation between UL and residents.

He said residents have raised their concerns for years over disturbances in theses estates and sanctions just do not seem to be working.