Wednesday 24 April 2019

Anti-dumping funds welcomed

Dundalk Municipal Council meeting

Dumping of tyres is a problem in the border area
Dumping of tyres is a problem in the border area

Local councillors have welcomed the recent announcement that additional funding is being allocated to combat the surge of illegal dumping.

It was revealed last week that funding for the national Anti-Dumping Initiative programme is increasing to €3million this year, a 50% increase on the previous year. This is in addition to the €7.4m annual enforcement grant, which supports the recruitment and retention of 150 local authority waste enforcement personnel across the country.

Cllr Ruairi O Murchu told the meeting that he had been involved in a clean up of the former playground in Doolargy Avenue the previous week. He urged Louth County Council to look at these alleyways, former playgrounds and open spaces as they had just become dumping grounds and venues for anti-social behaviour.

He felt cctv cameras might be needed as well as better reporting of incidents.

Chairman Cllr Conor Keelan recalled that a proposal for money for cctv cameras hadn't been accepted by the Strategic Policy Committee. In hindsight, he felt if they had spent the money on cameras, it might have addressed some of the issues they were facing with illegal dumping around down.

Cllr Antoin Watters welcomed the €3million anti-dumping initiative. He hoped that some of the funding would go to the new Cross Border project which links Louth County Council with Newry, Mourne and Down Council in trying to find a solution to areas which have become blackspots for illegal dumping, especially of tyres.

He felt that drones would be useful for monitoring remote areas.

Senior Engineer Mr Mark Johnston confirmed that a meeting will be held to review the different anti-dumping initiatives.

He undertook to look at the Cross Border project in relation to the dumping of tyres, and whether drones or cctv cameras would be best suited.

The problem with drones is that details which might be needed to identify culprits can't be seen. He took the view that cameras closer to the ground are generally better.

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