Councils investigate illegal dumping sites

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council says it is taking action to deal with the proliferation of illegal rubbish dumping on a site on Carrick-on-Suir’s outskirts.

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council says it is taking action to deal with the proliferation of illegal rubbish dumping on a site on Carrick-on-Suir’s outskirts.

The atrocious state of the site behind the former shop at Ballyrichard was highlighted by Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan at this month’s meeting of Carrick-on-Suir Town Council.

She said hoarding that had hidden the illegal dumping from passer bys on this approach road into Carrick-on-Suir was now gone and it extent of hte rubbish dumped there was visible for all to see.

“Talk about a major eyesore... and there are also horses abandoned there,” she declared.

The Fianna Fail councillor said this dump site was a good place for Carrick-on-Suir Town Council to start operating its covert CCTV cameras to catch those illegally disposing of refuse.

She asked if the Town Council could pursue the owner of the property to clean up the mess?

Town Clerk Michael O’Brien agreed it was site was “terrible”. He reported it to an environment officer, who had inspected the area and was pursuing the owners or the directors of the company that owned the site.

“We are going to pursue that. It’s an approach road to the town and it’s completely unacceptable. The landowner has responsibilities and we want to make sure he fulfils those responsibilities.”

Meanwhile, South Tipperary Co. Council is investigating illegal rubbish dumping at a site next to a stream few miles from Carrick-on-Suir.

The dump site is located close to Glenbower on the road to Kilkenny about five miles from Carrick-on-Suir.

Photographer Anne-Marie Magorrian, who photographed the illegal dump site, said the rubbish was visible from the road and the stench from the rotting refuse was very bad. “It hit me the moment I got out of the car. Dumped down at the small river alongside it were televisions, the contents of plastic bags, light bulbs, can and general rubbish,” she told The Nationalist.

The dump site was reported to the Co. Council’s Environment Department last week, which is investigating the matter.