South Tipperary Co. Council’s Environment Section is considering its options, including legal action, after the owner of a site blighted by illegal dumping on Carrick-on-Suir’s failed to clean up the property.
The Council served a Section 55 notice on a director of the company that owns the land beside the former Ballyrichard Stores instructing that it remove all the rubbish, clean the site up and put measures in place to ensure no further illegal dumping took place there.
The Council has confirmed the deadline for complying with the notice has now passed and no clean up has taken place. Mary Carroll of the Co. Council’s Environment Section said the local authority is now considering what next step to take to deal with the problem.
The unsightly state of the Ballyrichard site was highlighted again at Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s latest monthly meeting.
Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin tabled a motion requesting the Council to replace the roadside hoarding in front the site. The site was a “hell of an eyesore”, it was that way a long time and it needed to be cleaned up.
Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan asked was the Council chasing ghosts by going after this company and directors and asked how long the local authority was going to leave the eye sore there? Visitors to the area travelled in and out this road and the illegal dumping looked really bad for the town, she complained.
“I would like to say to the people who dumped rubbish there - shame on them. But I am not happy with more hoarding going up until we deal with the issue of dumping. At least we can see what is going on there is the hoarding isn’t there.”
She called on the Council to clean up the site and chase the owners for the bill.
Town Clerk Michael O’Brien said the Council was very conscious of the illegal dumping at this site. It took a bit of work for the Council to identify the ownership of the site and the Section 55 notice was hand delivered to a company director If the work wasn’t carried out the Council would proceed to court action, he said.
He outlined that the Council did recently remove some rubbish from the site that had fallen onto the road as it was causing a hazard. The Council considered at length going in and cleaning up the site fully but found the cost was prohibitive.
Mr O’Brien pointed out the Council was concerned that if it cleaned up the site, it could encourage people to dump more rubbish there again in the belief the local authority would clean it up.
Removing the rubbish from this site wasn’t enough, he continued. A substantial barrier to discourage further dumping needed to be erected. It was the landowner’s responsibility to do this.
Cllrs Cooney-Sheehan called on the Council to install the portable CCTV camera at the site to deter dumping and she and Cllr O’Loughlin called again for the site to be cleaned up as they were entering the tourist season. Cllr O’Loughlin said it was unfair for local residents to have this dumping on their doorstep while Cllr Cooney-Sheehan warned the site could end up becoming Carrick-on-Suir’s landfill.