Cllr Flood: Vigilance Needed to Tackle Illegal Dumping Scourge

Imelda Munster Td & Cllr Kenneth Flood at Cord Road after the clean up

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has met with the Operations Department of Louth County Council to request that special attention is paid to tackling illegal dumping on the Cord Road area of Drogheda.

Cllr Flood said “Recently Cllr Joanna Byrne and I, along with community volunteers that deal with rough sleepers, walked the length of Drogheda between the hours of Midnight and 3am to carry out our own rough sleeper count. However, when we reached the Cord Road and started to check the series of steps leading to North Strand we were stopped in our tracks by the amount of illegal dumping we met. Not only was the rubbish filthy but it was also dangerous as there was a large amount of broken glass and other hazards to health scattered everywhere.”

“I raised the issue at the January Borough District of Drogheda Meeting and to ensure that the matter would be vigorously tackled, I then met with LCC’s Operations Department to highlight the specific areas where people are dumping.” Following this meeting, Cllr Flood and Imelda Munster TD followed up in the same area and according to Cllr Flood “we were happy that the waste we had reported had indeed been removed. We all need to be vigilant in order to tackle this scourge of illegal dumping.

“My message to the dumpers is, stop it now. You will be caught and fined.” The number for reporting littering to Louth County Council is Lo-call 1890 20 23 03 and anyone found littering can face fines on conviction of between €150 – €3,000.