Iso­lated spots hit by illegal dumpers yet again

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - FRONT PAGE - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

ILLEGAL fly-tip­ping has once again hit three sites in iso­lated ar­eas on the out­skirts of Ark­low.

The three dump­ing sites were re­ported to Wick­low County Coun­cil on Mon­day – two at Gle­nart and one fur­ther down the Vale Road on a quiet laneway. The Gle­nart sites have been tar­geted by such illegal ac­tiv­ity again and again.

The lo­cal author­ity will be forced to foot the bill for a clean-up op­er­a­tion.

Con­cern has been raised at the fre­quency of dump­ing in the area, which is a well-known gate­way to pop­u­lar Co. Wick­low tourist lo­ca­tions.

ILLEGAL dump­ing has one again blighted the beau­ti­ful coun­try­side on the out­skirts of Ark­low as three large scale in­ci­dents were dis­cov­ered a short dis­tance apart.

A con­cerned mem­ber of the pub­lic alerted Wick­low County Coun­cil to a sig­nif­i­cant amount of fly tip­ping at two spots near Gle­nart Woods and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­cov­ered a large amount of what ap­pears to be build­ing waste down a lane fur­ther along the Vale Road.

House­hold items, chil­dren’s toys and baby equip­ment as well as do­mes­tic rub­bish such as nap­pies formed part of the dumped ma­te­rial.

The laneway dump site yielded floor­boards and old win­dows and a PVC door.

Ac­cord­ing to Cllr Pat Fitzger­ald, who was con­tacted by a mem­ber of the pub­lic, Wick­low County Coun­cil has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

‘There are three ar­eas within close prox­im­ity of each other where house­hold goods, fur­ni­ture and do­mes­tic waste have been dumped. The cost of re­mov­ing the goods will have to be borne by Wick­low County Coun­cil. This fund­ing could be used in other es­sen­tial ar­eas,’ he said.

Cllr Fitzger­ald out­lined that ‘ev­ery ef­fort will be made by the lo­cal author­ity to iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble’.

‘These illegal operators in most cases seem to be work­ing un­der the cover of dark­ness. The mem­bers of the pub­lic should be aware that if a name or names is found in the dumped ma­te­ri­als sub­stan­tial fines will be is­sued,’ he said.

Some of the dump­ing at Gle­nart woods.

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