Anger over illegal dumping in Ballaghaderreen

There is considerable anger amongst residents of the Brooklawn Estate in Ballaghaderreen due to ongoing incidents of illegal dumping in the area.

  Waste including household appliances, garden equipment, bottles, and cans have been discarded in a communal area in the estate.

  Local resident, Geraldine Young-Ringer, said the illegal dumping has been ongoing and has led to a rat infestation in the area.

  “This has been going on for the last two years at least. We were told last May that it would be cleared but nothing has happened,” she said.

  “I’ve had to get three cats because there are rats just outside my patio door. The last two summers have been dreadful because of the heat.

  “I wish I could do something about it myself but there’s too much of it there now. Roscommon County Council have been here and told residents to hold on to their receipts and stubs from the Civic Amenity Centre to prove everyone is getting rid of waste correctly…but they haven’t been back to check since”.

  Local councillor Michael Mulligan has slammed those responsible for what he called a “scandalous act”.

  “This is a scandal. I have been in contact with Roscommon County Council about this but it’s not just happening in Brooklawn, it’s happening all over west Roscommon,” he said.

  “The fines are not big enough for this indiscriminate dumping. There is a service there (at Civic Amenity Centres) and the Council work hard to take rubbish and other items away. There are no excuses for this”.

  The Sinn Féin councillor has called for greater enforcement of fines and increased surveillance of known dumping blackspots.

  “We need higher fines and stricter enforcement as a proper deterrent to this. We must also move past pussy-footing around the issue and install CCTV in these areas. We know exactly who’s doing this, it’s just about catching them in the act,” he said.