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Council faces clean-up bill after Maybush fires

Published 05/05/2005 | 00:11

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Last Sunday Maybush fires raged in Arklow once more to greet the arrival of May. But the local residents were also enraged - by the fact that their areas were made dumping grounds for unwanted household goods.According to reports, many householders used the camouflage of the Maybush bonfires to disposed of unwanted furniture and other items.

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Residents angered at bonfire dumping

Last Sunday Maybush fires raged in Arklow once more to greet the arrival of May. But the local residents were also enraged - by the fact that their areas were made dumping grounds for unwanted household goods.

According to reports, many householders used the camouflage of the Maybush bonfires to disposed of unwanted furniture and other items.

Bonfires were lit in at least six areas of the town, including two fires behind Oaklands, South Beach, Churchview and Inbhear Mor Park, and sources say that some of the fires were still going the next day.

Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald said that the end result was that the Town Council is going to have to face a huge mopping up bill. He said that he was contacted by several residents who were appalled by the goings on and the fact that their areas were going to be left in a deplorable state after the fires.

'There has been a tradition in Arklow for an enjoyable May night but I deplore people using bonfires to bring unwanted household goods to an area. I will be asking the Council to see that every effort is made to stop this practice. For some people the Maybush fire is an opportunity to clean their houses of unwanted furniture and goods,' he said.

Sgt. Tom Finnerty said that Gardaí had received a lot calls from worried residents in relation to the Mayday bonfires. Fortunately none of the fires threatened ESB power lines or houses.

He said that the gardai monitored the situation during the night and drink was sized from a number of people found drinking in public places.

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