Tuesday 23 January 2018

Disgust as Kilcarra woodland is again targeted by dumpers

Dumping in the woods
Dumping in the woods
Dumping in Kilcarra
A suitcase was among the rubbish dumped at Kilcarra

Deborah Coleman

The scenic woodland in Kilcarra on the outskirts of Arklow was this week blighted by illegal dumping once again, the third large scale incident since the start of the year.

The discovery was made by walkers on Thursday and highlighted by Councillor Mary McDonald who lives in the area.

Large amounts of household waste and items that appeared to be discarded during renovations were discovered including old window, timber and carpets.

'The level of dumping in this area has reached crisis point and the cost to the local authority for continued clean up is unknown. Money that could be much better spent on other services. The level of frustration felt by residents in the area resulted in the purchase of a CCTV camera but are unable to erect it as it would not be admissible in court around concerns of entrapment,' said Cllr McDonald.

Having reported illegal dumping in the Kilcarra area on a regular basis, I am happy to report that, in conjunction with the Environment Department in Wicklow County Council, an application has been submitted to the DOCCE for funding that has become available for local anti-dumping projects.

The Sinn Fein councillor expressed her disappointment that the dumpers still chose to discard their waste in this beauty spot, despite the face that there are free recycling centres on both sides of the site, one in Arklow and one in Avoca.

'Wicklow is one of the only counties in the country that offers free recycling in centres so it is mind-boggling as to why they would dump this in the woods when they can get rid of it for free anyway.'

So far this year large dump-sites were discovered in Kilcarra in January where up to 10 dead lambs were found, and in June when more domestic waste was dumped.

Wicklow People

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