Dump issues were 'leaked'
The Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District said that he was disappointed to hear about a report about a dump at the back beach in the press.
He said that headlines about the dump, which does contain asbestos and ammoniacal nitrogen, potassium and manganese, had been 'sensationalist'. In a report by environmental consultants Fehily Timoney for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, it was found that the dump contains more than 104,000 cubic metres of waste, including broken asbestos tiles, and features excessive levels of ammoniacal nitrogen, potassium and manganese.
The landfill was once the main dump for the town of Bray, but it is on the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown side of the border and on privately owned land.
The dump was closed in the late 1980s and sealed with topsoil. Cllr Matthews said that the directors of both Wicklow County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council have been communicating with each other and the Environmental Protection Agency. 'I did get a look at the report today briefly,' he said. He said that the report suggests a number of measures to prevent erosion. The classification is low risk at the moment but that is subject to coastal erosion. If it continues the rate could be 20 metres in the next 50 years, we don't know what could be exposed at that site.'
Cllr Christopher Fox said that swimmers who get in the sea all year round are very concerned. He said that communication between Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and their nearest neighbour has been dreadful. 'This report should have been on our table.' Cllr John Ryan said that the whole of Bray should be taken into County Wicklow. He said that they should write to the Dun Laoghaire Cathaoirleach and CEO and express their frustration that the report was leaked. 'It's wrong, and disrespectful, that councillors should find out this way,' he said.
Cllr Pat Vance said that he has had communication briefly with the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Cathaoirleach about discussing areas of mutual interest.
Cllr Matthews said that it is very worrying for everyone and he will get a copy of the report distributed to all members.