LIMERICK City Council should be “ashamed” of itself for failing to tackle a rat infestation at Toppins Field.
Southside councillor Ger Fahy said the derelict site at Rathbane has seen a rodent infestation.
Now, he says southside residents have been affected, as rats transfer to their homes.
He urged a decision be made on its future. At present, only housing can be built on the land. Two years ago, city management sought permission to rezone the land to commercial, in a move which many thought would see the building of a supermarket.
At this month’s council meeting, Cllr Fahy urged action on the site.
“At the moment, the only thing that can be developed here is residential lands. We need to consider other submissions for this site to enhance Toppins Field. This 14-acre site is an absolute disgrace,” he said.
Cllr Fahy argued that due to the legal of illegal dumping taking place there, “it is very costly” to maintain the site.
“If we make a decision which would enhance the planning, I think it would be a major benefit,” he added, saying he is “angered and disappointed” there has been no action.
Cllr Maria Byrne asked if there was any update on the site, singling out the illegal dumping.
Environmental director of service Caroline Curley referred the question over to the property management section. But no answer came.