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Thursday 30 October 2014

Council to talk to owners of 'blight' on landscape

ELAINE FURLONG

Published 04/12/2012 | 11:11

The Albatros site, which is in both Wexford County Council and Kilkenny County Council areas.

THE OWNERS of the Albatros site are to meet with New Ross Town Council in a bid to improve the state of the disused fertiliser factory.

The site, which is regarded as a ' blight' on the New Ross landscape, was again up for discussion at last Tuesday's meeting.

Cllr John Dwyer wanted to know if the Environmental Protection Agency had taken soil samples from the site.

'I have consistently requested they be invited in there – we haven't a clue about the level of contamination on site,' he said.

New Ross Town Clerk Ger Mackey said the site owners are 'anxious' to meet with New Ross Town Council in order to improve the site.

' The meeting should take place in the next 10 days,' said Mr Mackey. 'It is a serious issue for New Ross,' he said.

However, Cllr Dwyer said the town council executive is going into that meeting without the facts of what its members are dealing with.

He said that the site, which lies in both Wexford County Council and Kilkenny County Council areas, contains hundreds if not thousands of tonnes of asbestos and is comparable to the London Gas Company site.

'If the executive is not prepared to invite the EPA to find out the level of what we are dealing with here, then why the hell are we meeting with the owners?' he said.

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