Fore­shore dump­ing ground plagu­ing Goughs Bay

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

A MAKESHIFT dump­ing ground for branches, clip­pings, cut­tings and even used tyres is caus­ing Goughs Bay lo­cals headaches.

Lo­cals say the site, which has be­come an eye­sore, started to be used as a dump­ing ground for waste when the shire dis­carded land­scap­ing scraps there last year.

All of a sud­den, the pile started to grow, and was even­tu­ally lit on fire ear­lier this win­ter.

With tyres among the piled lit­ter, Goughs Bay’s at­mos­phere turned foul.

“There was smoke every­where, and I couldn’t tell what the dread­ful smell was,” said lo­cal Goughs Bay res­i­dent Co­ral Guerin.

“And then I came down to the fore­shore, and there were peo­ple sit­ting here with es­kies.

“It was a huge pile.”

The mound, ac­cord­ing to Ms Guerin, went up to six me­tres high.

Now, the pile is be­gin­ning to re­form.

To pre­vent his­tory re­peat­ing it­self, Ms Guerin said coun­cil must step in to re­move the waste, and place a sign to de­ter dump­ing.

“The rub­bish is again col­lect­ing,” Ms Guerin said.

“We would like to see it re­moved, and a sign to go up that says ‘dump­ing pro­hib­ited’. “For this is not a tip. “It’s not very big now, but the point is we don’t want it go get any big­ger, so let’s get a sign there.”

Ms Guerin says she hopes coun­cil will get onto it sooner rather than later.

“Hope­fully they will come out quickly and rem­edy th­ese prob­lems be­fore they get any worse.”

COUGHS BAY: A bon­fire full of rub­bish, in­clud­ing green waste and tyres, was lit in Goughs Bay ear­lier this year, and is an on­go­ing prob­lem for lo­cals.

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