Call for council to crack down on
illegal dumping

A contractor who carried out work on behalf of Longford local authorities should be “blacklisted” following the discovery of unwanted tarmac clippings in a known litter blackspot.

A contractor who carried out work on behalf of Longford local authorities should be “blacklisted” following the discovery of unwanted tarmac clippings in a known litter blackspot.

That was the message delivered by an overwhelming majority of councillors at last week’s meeting of Longford Town Council on foot of a presentation delivered by Longford Tidy Towns Association.

Secretary Paul Marsden told of how he found the a large quantity of disused material in the Templemichael Terrace area of town during the course of an early morning cycle.

Mr Marsden also said Tidy Towns volunteers retrieved household waste such as potato skins and up to 800 beer cans on a previous clean up of the site.

Three other locations were also causing the association problems, the meeting heard - the back of Annaly Park, Longford’s Mastertech Industrial Estate and Palace Crescent.

Cllr Tony Flaherty said the only way to counteract the situation was by the council handing down financial penalties to those responsible.

“It is illegal dumping at the end of the day and this is being done by people we (Longford Town Council) are paying to do a job. All it takes is for one person to be made an example of,” he said.

To read this story in full, see this week’s Longford Leader.