South Tipperary Co. Council has been chosen as one of the two lead local authorities for a new waste management region spanning nine counties that will be responsible for identifying where new refuse dumps will be located.
The new Southern Waste Management Region, created under the new local government reforms, covers the entire south of the country including counties Tipperary, Waterford Cork, Kerry, Clare and Limerick as well as Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford.
South Tipperary and Limerick Co. Councils have been chosen as the SWMR’s lead local authorities with its office and staff based at both centres. Their main task will be to prepare a waste management plan for the new region’s counties. That process will begins over the next two months.
Jim Harney, the Co. Council’s Acting Director of Environmental Services, told this month’s Co. Council meeting that being chosen as one of the lead authorities for the new region meant senior Council staff members will be influential in developing the new waste management plan.
Meanwhile, the Co. Council is awaiting a hearing date in the Supreme Court for the appeal of the High Court decision in relation to the Hardbog site outside Grangemockler. The Council selected this site in the 1990s as the location for a new municipal refuse dump site.
The Council took High Court proceedings against the owner of the Hardbog site over his refusal to legally transfer the site to the Council. The appeal is being taken by the site’s owner because the High Court found in the Council’s favour