Litter louts mar Tralee car park
The constant scourge of illegal dumping is once again proving to be a problem in Tralee.
Despite the announcement of a major crackdown on illegal dumping by Kerry County Council and the Department of the Environment the message is not hitting home with litter louts in Tralee.
One of the worst dumping blackspots in Tralee at the moment is in the Abbey car park where dumpers are regularly depositing bags of household waste and trash near commercial bins.
On Monday afternoon alone those using the car park, one of the busiest in Tralee and located just yards from the town's main square, were confronted with black bags spilling out used toilet paper and nappies.
The problem is being exacerbated by vermin and birds who have been attracted to the rubbish and have torn open the bags leaving swathes of the car park strewn with litter ranging from food waste to fast food wrappings.
Unfortunately on several occasions in recent days the illegally dumped trash, which is not connected with any businesses in the area, has also created an unpleasant smell which has drifted far from the car park itself.
The car park is covered by a number of CCTV cameras and it is hoped these can be used to track down, identify and prosecute the perpetrators.
The spate of dumping in the car park, most of it occurring late at night or in the early hours of the morning, comes as Tralee embarks on an all out effort to retain its hard won Tidy Town's Gold Medal.
Judges from the competition are expected to visit the town in the coming days and weeks and in preparation for their arrival volunteers have been out in force recently conducting voluntary street cleaning all over the town.