Tallaght Councillor, Charlie O’Connor, has called on the Council to confirm he has a programme to repair and restore Open Spaces damaged through Halloween bonfires and he raised the shoe issue at the November Council meeting.
He received the following detailed response from the Council CEO “The first stage of the bonfire clean-up programme commenced on November 1st with supervisors commencing the surveying and mapping of bonfire sites. Any material left on open spaces which has not been burned is being cleaned up, in many cases however it is too soon to lift burnt material as it may reignite when disturbed and aerated. Supervisors have reported that ground conditions are particularly wet and soft under foot this year due to exceptional rain in recent times and this may have an impact and may slow down the clean- up programme. All available resources will be assigned to the clean- up programme in order to complete the work at the earliest date. While clean up of sites and removal of both burnt and unburnt materials will be completed in November, it will not be possible to reinstate grass areas which have been badly damaged until the spring time when ground conditions become dry and firm enough to work on. More information will be made available to the elected members in due course, as that information becomes available.”
Councillor O’Connor applauded the efforts of the Council and the Tallaght Gardai in dealing with the challenge and added that reports from residents of the pile up materials on sites were very helpful.
Charlie O’Connor was also critical of those businesses, particularly in Broomhill and Cookstown Industrial Estate, who made tyres, pallets and other materials freely available for use on bonfires. He undertook to continue to monitor the whole situation.