Meeting hears of ongoing illegal dumping problem

Furniture and TVs dumped in Longford town.  Photo:  www.gphotos.ie
“We have a very dirty county and I would encourage people to report those who are caught dumping”, Cllr Tom Victory (FF) fumed during a recent monthly meeting of Longford County Council.

“We have a very dirty county and I would encourage people to report those who are caught dumping”, Cllr Tom Victory (FF) fumed during a recent monthly meeting of Longford County Council.

Fly tipping, rubbish thrown from car windows and domestic rubbish being dumped in laneways and bogs in the dead of the night, across the county, were just a number of the litter issues that were addressed during a meeting after Cllr Victory put forward a notice of motion on the matter.

So infuriated was Cllr Tom Victory (FF) about the issue, that, in his motion, he requested Longford Co Council to “erect anti-litter signs and slogans on the existing ‘Welcome to Longford’ signs on the main entrances into Co Longford”.

“We did a spring clean in Edgeworthstown recently and we gathered a ton and a half of rubbish,” Cllr Victory fumed. “Rubbish is being thrown out of car windows and there is also lots of fly tipping going on as well because people won’t use bins.”

He went on to say that as far as he was concerned, illegal dumping had become an epidemic, and one that needed to be addressed. “It would be a good start if we could put up a sign at the entry points to the county to say keep our town tidy - at least it would remind people,” he added. “Also people need to be encouraged to tell the authorities when they see people illegally dumping.”

Cllr Peggy Nolan (FG) who also supported Cllr Victory’s motion, then pointed to what she described as “disgusting behavior” at a site along Longford town’s Richmond Street which had become an illegal dumping ground for electrical appliances and out of date furniture in recent months. “The site of the old creamery on Richmond Street has now become a dump,” she exclaimed, adding that residents had also complained to her that “rats as big as cats” were now happily residing in the vicinity, as a direct result of the “disgusting behaviour of others”.

In conclusion, Cllr Gerry Brady (FG) added, “Cllr Victory’s motion is a step in the right direction”. “They are dumping everywhere now - in the bogs, the side of the road - wherever they can dump they will dump and it is an absolute disgrace what is going on,” he declared.