A CALL has been made on Limerick City Council and the regeneration agencies to tackle the problem of illegal dumping in gardens of boarded up homes in regeneration estates.
Labour’s leader on the council, Joe Leddin said homes with domestic rubbish in gardens are not cleared because many are private, and the council cannot enter.
He said residents of regeneration communities on the northside and southsides of the city have enough problems to have to contend with this also.
This, he said, includes fear of intimidation, criminality, anti-social behaviour, but above all, the uncertainty as to whether their houses are knocked or retained.
“The least they are entitled to is that all practical measures and work to try and improve their immediate areas through removing boarded up houses and rubbish is the minimum which should be undertaken,” he said.
Speaking at the monthly meeting of the council this week, Cllr Leddin added: “The responsibility I understand to remove this rubbish rests with the housing department and not the environment department as most people would assume. While the challenge for the housing department is to identify those who own houses that are now abandoned and empty the possibility of getting these same owners to remove and clear their properties is slim.”
Cllr Leddin said both bodies have a responsibility to “stabilise the environment for residents, and in particular young children.”
“We still have serious criminality and intimidation ongoing within certain housing estates that must be resolved if we are to make any progress in revitalising and creating safe and good quality communities for the majority of ordinary decent people living there,” he said, “A concerted effort is now required to identify and target these estates particularly in Southill that in the absence of contacting the owners of these empty houses demolition and clearance most take priority,” the southside councillor concluded.