Sunday 24 March 2019

Fears remaining despite cash for recycling centre

Cllr Vincent Blake
Cllr Vincent Blake

Deborah Coleman

Wicklow County Council must continue to fund community recycling centres, and if they are closed down, towns and villages will be much worse off.

That's according to Baltinglass Municipal District Councillor Vincent Blake who raised the matter at Monday's annual budget meeting.

Following the allocation of €35,000 to Tinahely Recycling Centre and €48,000 to Blessington Recycling Centre, Cllr Blake said that in recent years it has been difficult to get funding approved and that there was a suggestion that funding for the Blessington would cease in the coming years.

He said that since the community took over the running of Tinahely Recycling Centre it has been secured but that Blessington could be potentially at risk.

'There was a proposal to cull both in recent years and it took a bit of effort to keep them open. Funding was allocated this year, which I am delighetd to see, but there was a suggestion that it will not be granted to Blessington after the next couple of years,' he said.

Cllr Blake said that is is vital that such centres are kept going.

'These recycling centres of huge importance to local communities and we must work to ensure they are kept going. At a time when we are trying to be more environmentally conscious we have to keep such facilities open. They are a local service used by many people,' he said.

A concern was also raised that if community recycling centres are closed or services reduced, that this could lead to more illegal dumping, which will in turn be cleaned up by the local authority at the public's expense.

Wicklow People