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Regular clean-ups at 'rubbish tip' harbour

BALBRIGGAN ATTENDED BY COUNCIL LITTER CREW

JOHN MANNING

Published 18/09/2012 | 16:48

Balbriggan Harbour is routinely cleaned by local authority staff, according to the council.

FOLLOWING up on concerns about the poor state of Balbriggan Harbour, Fingal County Council has said that the harbour is subject to regular clean-ups by the local authority.

Last week it was reported in the Fingal Independent that concerns had been raised at Balbriggan Town Council that the harbour area was becoming a 'rubbish tip'. Cllr. May McKeon (NP) has now raised some of those same concerns at the Balbriggan Area Committee of Fingal County Council where she asked the council to report on plans to tidy up the area and to replace the lighthouse dome. The council responded, saying: 'Balbriggan Harbour is a working harbour which does result in quantities of waste and debris being generated. 'Minor litter items and waste are removed routinely by the litter crew. Regular clean ups, including the removal of larger items, are organised by the Council. The weeds will be treated by the spraying crew in the coming weeks.' On the lighthouse dome, the council said: 'While the replacement for the lighthouse dome is still being actively pursued priority is being given this year to important structural repair works in the harbour. 'Considerable capital funding has been secured from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine to replace the pointing along long sections of the outer harbour wall. 'If these works are not completed there is a very real danger that some of the stone in this protected structure could come away leading to much greater expense in the future.'

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