Black mark for Mal­low’s civic amenity site vis­its

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

One of the county’s largest towns is the worst when it comes to us­ing lo­cal author­ity-run civic amenity sites in Cork county.

Cork County Coun­cil op­er­ates a to­tal of 11 sites, through­out its three main ad­min­is­tra­tion di­vi­sions, which in­clude re­cy­cling and waste dis­posal ser­vices.

How­ever, Mal­low, the ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­tre of North Cork, had the least num­ber of recorded vis­its last year.

Kanturk, nearby, had the sec­ond least num­ber of visi­tors.

Some county coun­cil­lors were shocked by the low record­ings. Some elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­pressed sur­prise as il­le­gal dump­ing in the North Cork re­gion re­mains a huge prob­lem.

Com­plaints to the lo­cal author­ity about lit­ter­ing are al­ready on a par for the first six months of this year as they were for the whole of 2016.

Up to the end of June, the county coun­cil re­ceived 1,017 com­plaints about fly-tip­ping and gen­eral il­le­gal dump­ing. The num­ber of com­plaints were just 76 less than the to­tal for all of 2016.

Fig­ures from vis­its to the civic amenity fa­cil­i­ties in Mal­low last year point to 9,544 recorded vis­its.

On the other hand, the Rafeen re­cy­cling and waste dis­posal cen­tre near Monkstown in South Cork topped 50,275 vis­its.

The av­er­age num­ber of daily week­day visi­tors to the Mal­low site was 57 while the av­er­age in­creased slightly to 71 on Satur­days. By com­par­i­son, there were 147 visi­tors on av­er­age each week­day to the Rafeen site and in­creas­ing, on av­er­age, to 273 on Satur­days.

The sec­ond site was in Mac­room with 34,036 visi­tors last year while Clon­akilty was next with 31,873 recorded vis­its. In fourth place was Ban­don with 29,291 vis­its fol­lowed by Ross­more, near Car­rigt­wohill, at 26,538.

The coun­cil also op­er­ates sites at Der­rycon­nell near Schull, Sk­ib­bereen, Castle­town­bere and Millstreet.

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