Treasa Morrison from the Old Youghal Road has said she is increasingly frustrated at the lack of action from Cork City Council in tackling an area which has been affected by fly-tipping.
Located near the Quarry Steps that run from the Old Youghal Road down to Windsor Cottages on the Ballyhooly Road, the area in question is located behind fencing and Treasa has said that the council have declined to send out a clean up crew.
"I have contacted the city council on a number of occasions in relation to littering in the area, going back as far as November 13.
"In fairness, they sent a clean up crew out the next day to littering on the Quarry Steps themselves but the fenced off area next to the steps has yet to be tackled as City Council has said that the ground is uneven and the area is too inaccessible to get to, which could pose safety concerns for clean up crews.
"I do appreciate that it is a bit of an awkward spot to get to, but there is an access point built into the fence and I just think that the lack of action isn’t good enough when the land is owned by the council," she told.
A spokesperson for Cork City Council stated:
"Our Environment department has advised that they have not received any request for clean up in that area", but continued, "I have forwarded the photos to the engineer over that section."
Treasa has said that the litter is an eye-sore when she is walking her son to school every morning and notes that it is a shame to see a potentially beautiful area destroyed with rubbish.
"This is a fenced-off green area with wonderful views over Cork city.
"It could be a lovely corner of the city if it was just given a bit of TLC.
"It wouldn’t take much effort at all to tidy up and maybe plant a few flowers to brighten the area up a bit," she said.
Treasa has also gotten involved with a local tidy town group herself but said that the council needs to play their part in cleaning up the affected area near the Quarry Steps.
“Apart from being an eye-sore, this spot is in the middle of a residential area and I am sure that it is attracting rats to our neighbourhood and is an environmental concern,” Treasa said.
This incident follows multiple reports of fly-tipping and illegal dumping in the northside.
Most recently, Bell’s Field has been hit by numerous dumpings with clean up crews from the council sent in on a few occasions.