A concerned local resident recently contacted Newsgroup to highlight an ongoing dumping issue in Lucan. The resident said “There is an ongoing problem of trash tipping outside the school gates of Griffeen Valley Educate Together in Lucan. It’s been occurring for months. The trash is physically on the private property of the small retail park beside the school. All attempts to contact the property management company have failed and all requests to the council to clear it have been rejected because it is “private” property”.
The local continued “We initially attempted to clear it ourselves when the problem first started, but it is ongoing. The trash includes many used baby nappies, take out containers, beer bottles (some broken), food waste, etc. It is disgusting and, worse, a health hazard. We now see rats scurrying about. We’ve tried contacting our local councillors from all parties, the Gardai, and as I mentioned earlier, the management company responsible for the property. Not only is it a dangerous health hazard for the students of our school, there is also a Giraffe crèche just opposite this large pile of waste.”
Newsgroup contacted Emer Higgins TD, the local TD said “Anecdotally, we are seeing a local increase in illegal dumping and fly-tipping happening which is impacting the local environment and creating issues for businesses and residents but also looks awful. “Anyone who sees people engaging in illegal dumping should report it immediately to the EPA’s 24hr helpline on 0818 33 55 99 and be sure to take note of the perpetrators car reg if they have one. “Funding has been made available by Central Government to Local Authorities to support waste and litter disposal but I think in the case of illegal dumping and fly-tipping, increasing resources isn’t necessarily going to have an impact, the thing that will have the most impact is reporting those engaging in illegal dumping so they can be held accountable”