Isolated spots hit by illegal dumpers yet again
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.