Monday 26 June 2017

'There are burst, dirty nappies in the garden' – Residents' disgust at house being used as illegal dumpsite

Bin bags are continuously being dumped in front of the disused house Photo: Thomas Nolan Photography
Bin bags are continuously being dumped in front of the disused house Photo: Thomas Nolan Photography
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Dirty nappies, condoms and empty beer cans are just some of the items being dumped in the front garden of an abandoned house in a private housing estate.

Residents have spoken out about their disgust at the fact people are illegally dumping rubbish bags and are fearful that rats will now be swarming the area.

The rubbish bags are being ripped open by cats Photo: Thomas Nolan photography
The rubbish bags are being ripped open by cats Photo: Thomas Nolan photography

Nicole Bacon (24) moved from Dublin to the Laurels in Co Carlow six months ago and claims that bin bags are continuously being dumped at the front of the house which is two doors away from her own home.

The story was originally reported in The Nationalist and now Nicole wants to highlight the issue at a national level.

She says her next door neighbour can't even open the windows of her home anymore due to the stench coming from the rubbish.

"Cats are ripping the bags open and I wouldn’t be surprised if we have rats very soon, it's that bad," the concerned mother told Independent.ie.

Nicole has a two-year-old son and said parents in the area are worried about letting their children out to play.

"You can smell it when you're walking past. It's not nice raising children beside that. There are burst, dirty nappies in the front garden.

Photo: Thomas Nolan Photography
Photo: Thomas Nolan Photography

"Nobody wants to take responsibility for it and the county council say it's nothing to do with them because it's on private property.

"They're probably worried that if they take the rubbish away, people will think it's okay to keep dumping it."

Speaking to The Nationalist earlier this week, Environmental Patrol officer James Lakes said that the council "has no responsibility" in cleaning up the rubbish due to the house being privately owned.

"There are enough eyes and ears in The Laurels for people to see what’s going on," Mr Lakes said.

"This isn’t a lay-by in the middle of the country; this is in the middle of a housing estate, where people can be seen. I’m appealing to the residents of The Laurels to do something about this and to contact the council with information."

Anyone who is caught littering is automatically fined €150, with a court appearance and stiffer fines expected for more serious offences.

However, Senior Executive Officer with Carlow County Council, Michael Brennan, says they are now going to organise a clean-up.

"While it is on private property, we are now liaising with the local residents association to try and clean the area," he told independent.ie.

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