Cop­per wire dumped near light­house

BLIGHT ON SCENERY MAYOR AN­GRY AT UN­SIGHTLY WIRING HEAP LY­ING CLOSE TO BEAUTY SPOT

Bray People - - News - Myles BUCHANAN

A TAN­GLED UP mess of cop­per wiring and other elec­tri­cal wires has been dumped on the road up to Wick­low Head Light­house, re­garded as one of the most scenic lo­ca­tions not only in Wick­low Town but also the whole county.

The dis­carded mess was left at a gate en­trance on the verge of a hill a short dis­tance from the ac­tual light­house. Other lo­ca­tions in town have been reg­u­larly tar­geted by fly-tip­ping but the road lead­ing to the light­house has es­caped the at­ten­tion of il­le­gal dumpers, un­til now. Mayor John O’Brien no­ticed the un­sightly heap while out en­joy­ing a fresh early morn­ing stroll along Wick­low Head.

‘Who­ever dumped it cer­tainly went to a lot of ef­fort. They prac­ti­cally drove all the way to the light­house be­fore dump­ing it. You have cop­per wiring and stripped wires just dumped in a heap. I no­ticed a pair of burnt logs right in the mid­dle of all the wiring so some­one must have tried to burn it first.’

The land­scape and scenery sur­round­ing the light­house is a pop­u­lar back­drop for walk­ers and na­ture lovers alike. Two lighthouses were built on Wick­low Head in 1781. One is on Long Hill, which still re­mains, while the other was on the sad­dle of the heart­land but is no longer stand­ing. The Ir­ish Land­mark Trust ac­quired the re­main­ing light­house in 1996, and set about con­serv­ing the tower.

‘There you are looking out over the bay at the mag­nif­i­cent views, and you have this rub­bish thrown to the side. It shouldn’t hap­pen to one of the most beau­ti­ful ar­eas in the county,’ adds Mayor O’Brien.

Mayor John O’Brien at the un­sightly dump.

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