Tuesday 27 June 2017

Pictured: Almost 100 tonnes of rubbish discovered dumped illegally

Rubbish dumped on land off the R774 (near entrance to Shoreline Leisure Charlesland/Go Gym) in Charlesland area of Wicklow. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Rubbish dumped on land off the R774 (near entrance to Shoreline Leisure Charlesland/Go Gym) in Charlesland area of Wicklow. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Eimear Rabbitt

Shocking images of illegal dumping of rubbish - including furniture and children’s toys - have emerged.

Almost 100 tonnes of rubbish were discovered on a site on private land in the Charlesland area of Greystones, Co Wicklow following a tip off last week.

Local councillor Nicola Lawless (SF) said there is “shock” and concern in the area following the discovery of tyres, window frames and household waste in “dozens” of black plastic bags.

“It is very shocking and is the biggest known illegal dumping site in the county,” Cllr Lawless said.

General view of rubbish dumped on land off the R774 (near entrance to Shoreline Leisure Charlesland/Go Gym) in Charlesland area of Wicklow. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of rubbish dumped on land off the R774 (near entrance to Shoreline Leisure Charlesland/Go Gym) in Charlesland area of Wicklow. Picture: Caroline Quinn

“It looks like it has been there for some time,” she added.

This comes after the body of a young horse was found dumped at a ditch in north Wicklow.

Burning tyres alerted locals to the dump in Greystones last week and Wicklow County Council said a litter warden spent a number of days on the site, retrieving evidence.

They said a notice, under the Waste Management Act, had been served on the owner of the site “to remove the waste and secure the site so that no further dumping can occur”.

The latest dumping site is close to the entrance of Charlesland sports track.  Vehicle tracks indicate it was heavily used up until very recently.

Many public and private facilities can be found in the Charlesland area in south Greystones - one of the most established areas of the town, according to Lawless.

21 July 2016: General view of rubbish dumped on land off the R774 (near entrance to Shoreline Leisure Charlesland/Go Gym) in Charlesland area of Wicklow. Picture: Caroline Quinn
21 July 2016: General view of rubbish dumped on land off the R774 (near entrance to Shoreline Leisure Charlesland/Go Gym) in Charlesland area of Wicklow. Picture: Caroline Quinn

The council said they will use the evidence they have gathered at the site with the hope of securing a prosecution against those responsible.

It is not the only issue of illegal dumping causing concern in the county and across the country.  There was horror after a foal with its feet tied was found dumped in a ditch at Quill Road near Killmacanogue.

Because of the level of decomposition of the young horse, it is not known how the foal died but gardai believe it may have died elsewhere and been dumped at the site.

The organisation My Lovely Horse, which cares for abandoned animals, has asked people to contact them if they have any information about how the grim find.

As well as this, bank statements of a Dalkey resident, and  household waste and builder’s rubble have been found dumped on roadsides and in illegal dumps in recent days.

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