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Monday 25 September 2017

Big concern still for litter in Enniscorthy district

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan
Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan
Cllr Willie Kavanagh

Sara Gahan at the Enniscorthy Municipal District meeting

Councillors expressed concern for the volume of complaints they are still receiving about littering in various parts of the Enniscorthy town and district.

Dumping, hedge and grass cuttings, and overflowing industrial bins were among the issues raised at last week's Enniscorthy district council meeting .

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan asked that Peg Lane in Bunclody be monitored as 'it is a big problem up there for dumping' and the major tidy up that use to happen a few years ago has stopped.

She said she has received nothing but complaints about the state of the area.

Cllr Willie Kavanagh commented on the problems caused by 'Oylegate's industrial bins' behind the Slaney Inn Pub. He said that when the bins were full, people were leaving their rubbish beside them which ends up going everywhere.

'When people see they're full, they continue to leave the bags beside the bin. It is not fair to people living in the area or to the bin company who have to go around and collect the rubbish,' said Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan.

Cllr Kavanagh and Cllr Codd-Nolan put forward the idea to the council of bringing in signs to show people that they are not suppose to leave rubbish if bins are overflowing.

Cllr Murphy agreed with her fellow councillors but also commented on how the Gateway Scheme made such a difference to areas with litter problems and how it is missed.

The Gateway was a local authority labour activation scheme that provided short-term work and training opportunities to long-term unemployed people who had been on the Live Register for over two years. The work opportunities were to benefit the local area, but has now ended in Wexford.

She also put across the idea of the 2 K scheme - a project in Wexford involving adopting a 2 K stretch of road and ensuring that it is kept litter free. District Manager Liz Hore said the Tidy Towns committee are currently looking into doing it.

Another issue bothering Cllr Kavanagh is the litter on the roads after hedge cutting from the machines hitting bags of rubbish that have been dumped in the ditches.

'It is actually the contractors' jobs to deal with this issue, so I will definitely look into that,' said Ms Hore.

Cllr John O'Rourke expressed his frustration on the current situation with landlords who are renting houses out to people in town, but will not include the use of waste bins in their monthly rent.

'The occupants of the houses just leave their bags outside and we end up collecting them. There was a funeral in Crosbie's Home the other day and we had to get rid of 12 bags. The contents that were falling out of the bags were disgusting,' said Cllr O'Rourke.

Grass cutting season has started in housing estates around Enniscorthy and Cllr O'Rourke said that contractors should be compelled to collect the cuttings.

Ms Hore responded and told Cllr O'Rourke that they are actually dealing with the grass cutting problem.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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