Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has called for Supermarkets to be more pro-active in collection and monitoring their shopping trolleys. This follows a clean-up of the Boyne River by the Boyne Fisherman’s River Rescue Group.
Raising the issue at this month’s Drogheda Municipal Council meeting, Cllr Flood said “I was astounded at the inordinate amount of shopping trolleys that the Group recovered from the Boyne in their recent clean up. I was even more astounded when I was informed that this was only three months’ worth recovered and that they hadn’t even finished yet”.
Praising the Boyne Fishermen’s River Rescue Group, Cllr Flood said they “do a tremendous service putting their lives on the line to rescue people and then go the extra mile doing a huge service to Drogheda by clearing the Boyne like this. There has to be a change in people’s mind sets. Dumping anywhere is unacceptable but dumping for the fun of it in The Boyne is inexcusable”.
“These trolleys are a serious underwater hazard for swimmers in the river and can also destroy the propellers on passing boats. It is estimated that over 1,000 trolleys have been removed from the river over the past six years.”
Cllr Flood called on Retailers to do more to secure their trolleys when they are closed.
“If this was a once in a while occurrence then it may seem unfair to point the finger at supermarkets but this is a daily occurrence and the supermarkets do not seem to be collecting trolleys at the end of each day from around the town. The Council will be writing to supermarkets to remind them of their obligation to secure their property and also to remind them of the fines they could face if they fail to do so.”
After another incident of diesel laundering waste being dumped at Belrobin, Kilkerley, Tomás Sharkey is challenging the authorities to carry out proper forensic examinations of the evidence.
The Sinn Féin Councillor for the area said, “Approximately 6,000 litres of this toxic waste was dumped in the Kilkerley area this weekend. Once again public health and the environment were in danger by the culprits. They have no place in our community.
“This latest incident highlights my growing annoyance that forensic evidence does not seem to be gathered at the scenes of this dumping. I have been to many sites where this waste has been dumped and not once have I seen a Garda Síochána forensics team taking evidence. These cubes must have finger prints on them. Often paint from the van or trailer they were loaded in marks the cubes. There may be tyre tracks from the vehicle that dumped the waste.
“The IBC cubes obviously came from a factory or yard that uses them for their business. Somewhere a business owner must be missing hundreds of expensive cubes.
“I have asked that the Multi Agency approach including county council officials, Gardaí, Revenue and environmental protection staff give a presentation on how they do their work.
“As a public representative I want to know why forensic evidence isn’t being gathered at these dump sites. I want to know why the scourge of dumping isn’t being properly investigated and who is making the decision not to take this problem seriously.”
Residents of Greenacres have been plagued with continuous dumping in an alleyway at the back of their houses. Sinn Féin Councillor Jennifer Green was shocked when she saw the volume of rubbish left. “It’s disgusting! The smell is overpowering and as a mum, I fear for the children playing in the area as there is quite a number of broken glass bottles along with dirty nappies, general house waste and used condoms. Not only that, but there is also a couch. It beggars belief. The rubbish is scattered the whole way along the alleyway. This type of rubbish attracts vermin and is a health and safety issue to people in the surrounding area.”
Cllr. Green explained “I got the residents on board to do a clean-up of the area which is really above the call of duty for them as it wasn’t their rubbish in the first place. But talking to the residents it’s very obvious that they have great pride in their community and want to do what they can to address this issue and clean the area up. I duly contacted the council to arrange a clean up with the residents only to be told that the council wouldn’t provide us with any equipment and would not help us to take the rubbish away as it was on private ground.”
“This has infuriated me as the council are constantly promoting Tidy Towns (which I am a member) and cleaning up of the town (both public and private). It strikes me as this rubbish is out of sight it doesn’t matter to the council and the people have to deal with it. This is unacceptable. Are the people in Greenacres not entitled to have a tidy and clean estate just because they are not as visible as the town centre?”
Jennifer Green concluded by saying “Sinn Féin are fighting for better provision of public services and this is yet another example of how the council is letting the tax payer down. This is unacceptable.”