Dumping, a blight on our countryside - councillor

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

SCURRILOUS rubbish collectors continue to clean up by taking cash in hand for collecting waste and then dumping it in the dead of night.

SCURRILOUS rubbish collectors continue to clean up by taking cash in hand for collecting waste and then dumping it in the dead of night.

Murroe councillor, John Egan, said instances of dumping are on the increase. He says up to two weeks ago Bohergar, Boher boasted a beautiful scenic walk along the Mulkear river. Now he says it has been turned in to a rubbish dump.

“Last year the ESB and Fisheries Board spent a lot of money to make a lovely walk along the river. They put in stiles so people can stroll beside the Mulkear down as far as Scart. It’s an excellent amenity for people to go for walk, especially with the long evenings,” said Cllr Egan.

Some locals have now been put off using it as rubbish has been dumped near the entrance.

“It’s disgusting. There is no excuse. There are groups of people, members of the community council, tidying up places and there is another group dumping the stuff. Unofficial rubbish collectors should not be paid a thing, it should go through the proper channels,” said Cllr Egan, who has seen an “unbelievable” rise in dumping in the last six months.

Councillor, Noel Gleeson, said the issue was one of the biggest topics raised at a recent Cappamore Development Council meeting.

“There was disgust at what’s going on. After the frost when the vegetation had died you could see it all along the road from Cappamore to the Cross of Grange. That was picked last year by the council. Papers, plastics etc. just thrown out of the window of the car,” said Cllr Gleeson, who says there are three dumping blackspots in the vicinity of the parish of Cappamore.

“Locals are doing great work on clean ups-but the fly by nights are going around, collecting rubbish, getting a few bob for it and then dumping it. It’s a new thing in recent years. There was a bit before but it seems to be a disease now,” said Cllr Gleeson, who adds that the council have issued more on the spot fines in the past 12 months than ever before.