PURE gets cash to con­tinue bat­tle with il­le­gal dumpers

HUGE IN­CREASE IN FLY TIP­PING OVER CHRIST­MAS PE­RIOD

Bray People - - News - Myles BUCHANAN

THE FREE­ING up of Gov­ern­ment monies to fund PURE (Pro­tect­ing Up­lands & Ru­ral En­vi­ron­ments) for a fur­ther three years is a timely move af­ter a busy pe­riod of il­le­gal dump­ing once Christ­mas had passed.

The PURE project was launched in 2006 to find a so­lu­tion to the in­crease of fly-tip­ping and small scale il­le­gal dump­ing ac­tiv­ity in the Wick­low up­lands.

The PURE hot­line was flooded with calls about il­le­gal dump­ing tak­ing place a re­gional bot­tle banks, par­tic­u­larly at Newtownmountkennedy, Dunlavin and Ti­na­hely. In the past peo­ple have cho­sen to leave bags of do­mes­tic rub­bish at the amenity site, but over Christ­mas mat­tresses, fur­ni­ture and other house­hold rub­bish were all dumped.

Over 1.5 tonnes of rub­bish was col­lected from the Newtownmountkennedy bot­tle bank, with the scale of the dump­ing ap­palling lo­cal res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the area.

There was also plenty of ac­tiv­ity af­ter the Christ­mas break around the Wick­low up­lands and moun­tains. Close to 70 col­lec­tions took place in the first week, with ap­prox­i­mately 20 tonnes of il­le­gal dump­ing re­moved.

Ac­cord­ing to Ian Davis, Project Man­ager for PURE, ‘we were get­ting a lot of calls just be­fore Christ­mas and they con­tin­ued through­out the hol­i­days. Some peo­ple use this pe­riod as a clean-out time and then seem to think noth­ing of dump­ing their un­wanted goods in the moun­tains.’

The Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Her­itage and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment re­cently an­nounced the ex­ten­sion of the PURE project for a fur­ther three years. The Depart­ment will pro­vide fund­ing of €100,000 per an­num in sup­port of the project over the three years. Fáilte Ire­land has also joined the project as a stake­holder.

Speak­ing on about both an­nounce­ments, Mr. Davis says, ‘the Min­is­ter’s com­mit­ment in con­tin­u­ing the fund­ing for PURE is an ac­knowl­edge­ment that the project works and in­sures that we can con­tinue for a fur­ther three years. The re­cent in­clu­sion of Fáilte Ire­land to the project demon­strates the ben­e­fits PURE brings to both the peo­ple who live and recre­ate in the up­land ar­eas and to the many thou­sands of tourist who visit the re­gion each year.’

Any­one wish­ing to use the PURE Hot­line in con­junc­tion with Wick­low County Coun­cil to re­port dump­ing or dumpers can use the lo-call num­ber 1850 365 121.

Some ex­am­ples of il­le­gal dump­ing around Wick­low over the last cou­ple of months.

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