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Monday 23 July 2018

Gorey Tidy Towns collect large lorry loads of rubbish

Gorey Tidy Towns give Ramsfort a major clean-up

Gorey Tidy Towns volunteers gathered two and half large lorry loads of rubbish at their National Spring Clean event
Gorey Tidy Towns volunteers gathered two and half large lorry loads of rubbish at their National Spring Clean event

Sara Gahan

Fly tipping across Gorey is still a major concern, according to local councillor Malcolm Byrne who took part in Gorey Tidy Towns National Spring Clean Day.

More than 20 volunteers took part in the Spring Clean event on Saturday at Ramsfort Wood and two and half large lorry loads of rubbish were collected.

It included a couch, an entire set of kitchen units, a television, other household appliances, five bikes, tents, and quite a few bags of dog dirt. Such was the enormity of the challenge that another clean up will be needed.

As a result, Cllr Byrne said he is working towards getting CCTV cameras installed in the area of Ramsfort to help identify these people who are committing the crime.

Chairman of Gorey Tidy Towns Billy Halford said the day was brilliant, but they could not believe the amount of rubbish they collected that had been dumped in the woods.

'In one area, there was a full carcass of an old kitchen unit,' said Billy. 'Cupboards and shelves were still attached.'

Billy said they also found 15 bags of food waste, which gave off a strong, disgusting odour. 'People are using the dog poop bags, but throwing them up into trees which makes no sense,' added Billy.

'We want to catch these people,' said Cllr Byrne. 'I would encourage anyone to report it as they can do so in confidence.'

Cllr Byrne added not only is it illegal to dump, it is also damaging the environment. 'I could not believe the amount of rubbish collected by Tidy Towns,' said Cllr Byrne.

Gorey Tidy Towns said it was certainly a fantastic start towards bringing Ramsfort Wood back to being a place they can be proud of. A huge thank you went to all who took part. The committee will return to finish off the area.

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