A huge amount of anger has been generated in Bank Place and the Bansha Road over a decision taken by the Cashel/Tipperary Municipal District to start building a bottle bank .
Trees were removed and work began on building walls to accommodate a new bottle bank in the Bank Place car park before Christmas.
It was only after Christmas when enquiries were made that people realised what was going on and on Monday of last week the matter was discussed at a meeting of the Municipal District.
â€œThey were putting up the bricks on this bunker day by day, very slowly and it took us a while to realise what was going on. Nobody could believe that the Council were actually starting to build a new bottle bank on a site that had proved to be totally unsuitable. There was no communication with residents or business people, People were shocked to see it going upâ€, said Anne Connairy who lives near the site.
â€œThe trees were hacked down, walls started to appear.
This is a huge eyesore on the Clonmel and Cashel approach to the town, it is a bottle bank actually on top of the N24. It is totally unsafe, has anybody on this council any common sense at allâ€ she asked.
Bansha Road resident Margaret Whelan said it took the council twenty four hours to realise the error of their ways whey they put a bottle bank in the same location after a decision was taken in 2008 by a previous council..
â€œIt was moved a few hundred yards down into the car park after a very short time.
It was ridiculous where they put it, it made no sense at all, so they moved it further down the car parkâ€.
Margaret said despite moving it away from the back of her home the presence of the bottle bank in the car park created huge problems for residents and business people in the area.
â€œThe noise even when it was moved a good distance away was terrible. It was day and night, it just never stopped.
The bottle bank also drew the wrong crowd and there was a lot of trouble in the area with anti social behaviour with groups of people drinking and hanging out in that area.
It also led to people dumping their rubbish beside the bottle bank and it was very unsightly. We had to put up with a lot until the structure went on fire last year, now itâ€™s hard to believe the council are going to not only provide a new bottle bank but to put it back in the place behind my house and out at the front of the car park on top of the main street going through the town. Who is actually making these decisionsâ€ she asked.
She asked how the local authority could proceed with building such a structure having only received approval for it in 2008. â€œIt is just not right for them to put it there again without any of the residents being informed,â€ said Margaret.