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Sunday, 10th January 2021

Byrne seeks urgent action on illegal dumping at St. Anthony's Park

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A huge pile of rubbish illegally dumped at St. Anthony's Park.

The green area at St. Anthony's Park on the Cement Road has long been an eyesore because of illegal dumping. Councillor Joanna Byrne has tackled the council on this issue on several occasions before and is now calling for urgent intervention following this latest spate of dumping. 

Councillor Byrne says she was furious when she contacted the Council once again last Friday. She saus she has been raising the issue for two years but today it is in the worst state it has ever been. 

“There are burst black bags of rubbish all over the green area with rats literally bouncing from one to the other before heading  into the back gardens of residents throughout neighbouring estates, some residents are telling me that they are coming right up to their patio doors.”  

 “I have to be straight here,” the outraged Councillor said, “in my opinion the Council's response this has been slack. Whilst I don't believe that the local authority should have to clean up after residents in this particular estate any more than they do in any other estate, I do believe that the culprits need to be penalised. 

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“This is now not only an eyesore, it is impacting on the lives of residents in neighbouring estates and because of that there is an obligation on the local authority to once and for all find a solution. Surrounding residents deserve a better quality of life than this. It’s time for the Council to step up.”  

The estate is managed by the local authority estate Councillor Byrne has demanded urgent intervention from the Council, suggesting cohort surveillance, penalties and fines as just a few of the options available. 

St Anthony’s Park is located on the edge of the main road in and out of the north side of Drogheda and Councillor Byrne believes that “allowing this unsightly blight to continue also sends out the wrong message.” 

She is demanding that this issue become a priority for the Council for the betterment of everybody in the town.  

“I'm calling for an immediate clean-up of the area and penalties for anyone involved. I'm calling for inspections on the rodent issues in all houses that back onto St. Anthony’s Park in both neighbouring estates. 

“While we are in the midst of a public health crisis and people’s mental health is suffering, I am demanding urgent action on this issue immediately.” 

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