CHRISTMAS trees and other rubbish has been dumped in Blarney following the festive period.
Local councillor Damien Boylan slammed the dumping, saying:
“It is a regular thing, just before Christmas there was 12 bags of rubbish collected in that area along Cork Road and off the N20.
"It is a notoriously bad area for litter.”
Mr Boylan, who is part of the local Tidy Towns committee, said that the group are constantly cleaning up other people’s rubbish in the area.
"The place is in an awful condition up there. There are dumping spots all over the place. I am constantly reporting illegal dumping to Cork City Council.
“It is a very frustrating issue and it can be hard to understand the mindset. Obviously, if someone can afford to have a car, taxed and insured and full of petrol, they can afford €6 to take their waste to the amenity centre on Kinsale road instead of dumping it on secluded areas.”
The Fine Gael Councillor said it would appear that these people don’t care about what they are doing and just want to get rid of their own personal problem.
“The only solution is CCTV, these people need to be caught in the act and fines need to be implemented.
“People can give out about GDPR, or the cost of waste disposal, but we need to clamp down on this ongoing issue.”
Mr Boylan said that the dumping problem was not unique to Blarney and was something that was constantly raised in council.
“Every councillor raises it, it is not confined to Blarney, there is no excuse for it and something needs to be done.”