ESTATES TAKEN IN CHARGE
AN increase in the entry price (from €3 to €4) to the V&W Recycling Centre on the Newry Road was queried by Cllr. Emma Coffey.
Director of service, Paddy Donnelly explained the two recycling centres, the other is in Drogheda, had been put out to public tender, and it is a matter for the operator to determine the entry charge.
He continued the council is certainly aware of it, and the fee is well below others which prevail throughout the region, pointing out Dundalk takes items which other places don’t.
‘It is unfortunate there has been an increase, but the centres are now rateable and have incurred costs as a result,’ the director added.
‘We are satisfied a very good contract is in place.’
Mr. Donnelly told Cllr. Mark Dearey there are two years left to run on the contract. As three housing estates, Schomberg Close, Dundalk; Sliabh na Coilte, Jenkinstown and Tates & Carrons Park, Knockbridge were formally taken in charge by the council, Cllr. Anne Campbell why the process takes so long.
In one case it was two-and-a-half years.
Cllr. Maria Doyle had the same question.
Senior engineer, Pat Finn, replied it is partly due to finalising the procedures with Irish Water, but in future it will be much quicker.