Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has vowed to continue to tackle the problem of shopping trolleys being dumped in the Boyne.
Cllr. Flood said “In June, during their last clean up, members of the Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery Service took out over 40 shopping trolleys, bikes and other hazards from the Boyne ahead of the Irish Maritime Festival. 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 said “Ahead of that clean up I had contacted Louth County Council Litter Warden to ask that he attend so he could photograph the dumped trolleys and issue fines. I recently received confirmation from the Litter Warden that 10 Fines were issued on the back of that clean up, although over 40 trolleys were removed from the Boyne.
But the problem is continuing. Only today I saw trolleys dumped on Shop Street, The North Quay and on the Termonfeckin Road. I intend to raise this issue again at the next Borough District of Drogheda Meeting to request the council again write to supermarket operators to ensure they recover their property before it is dumped and to ensure that any fines issued match the number of trolleys recovered.”
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.”