Dumping night­mare at site

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - Fiona MAGENNIS

THE lives of res­i­dents liv­ing close to Bayview House (right) on the Dublin Road are be­ing made hell be­cause of dumping, ver­min and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in the area.

The is­sue was raised by Coun­cil­lor Richie Cul­hane who said the sit­u­a­tion at the site was un­bear­able for those liv­ing in the area.

He said dumping was hap­pen­ing on a weekly ba­sis at the site and the area was over­run with ver­min and rats as well as a sub­stan­tial amount of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

‘I know the coun­cil has taken is­sue with the owner,’ he said. ‘Many of the res­i­dents, their lives are be­ing made hell by what is go­ing on there.’

‘The dumping is now a weekly event and it is be­ing left up to the res­i­dents to clean up this rub­bish,’ he said. ‘My firm belief is that there should be covert cam­eras put in there to catch who­ever is do­ing this. This is hap­pen­ing up to three or four times a week.’

He said there is also a lot of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour go­ing on at the house with those in­volved climb­ing over the wall and eas­ily gain­ing ac­cess to the prop­erty.

He said the owner of a prop­erty which is in close prox­im­ity to the site is ter­ri­fied that some­thing will hap­pen. ‘There has been at­tempts to set fire to it in the past,’ he said. ‘What is the sta­tus on the no­tice served on the owner? Are you go­ing to take him to court? The sit­u­a­tion for res­i­dents is in­tol­er­a­ble. The owner has no in­ten­tion of tak­ing any ac­tion to se­cure the site.’

Se­nior En­gi­neer Pat Finn said that what he could say in re­la­tion to en­force­ment was that if there was any ev­i­dence of dumping found the coun­cil will take le­gal ac­tion.

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