A FULL site clean-up of the illegal dump at Ellis’s Yard in Ballyvolane will be completed by the end of this month at a cost of €53,000, it has been confirmed.
Security cameras are currently being fitted to deter fly-tipping at various locations around the site environs.
Additional costs are also expected to be incurred by fencing that will be erected along the perimeter of the yard which is next to the Spring Lane halting site.
A private contractor will enter the dump with machinery to remove the rubbish but the date of the clean-up has yet to be decided.
Councillor Ken O’Flynn (FF) said the site will be cleared within the next nine days but he has criticised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for what he believes has been a lack of action on dumping at the yard.
“I’m confident we’ll have the site cleaned up by the end of the month and ready for community use in the coming months,” he said.
“The EPA has been a disgrace on this. They seem to have a total lack of interest.
“There has been no inspection carried out despite myself and several other people writing to them.
“I can’t help but think that if this site was not adjacent to a halting site there would have been more action from the stakeholders,” he added.
Almost €200,000 has been spent by Cork City Council on cleaning up the site in the last decade.
There were more than 90 call-outs to fires at the Ellis’s Yard site in 2018. The number of call-outs more than doubled compared to 2017.
Last month, Ballyvolane residents held a protest outside City Hall and brought samples of liquidised dog poo, rat droppings and dirty nappies to raise awareness of the impact that fly-tipping at Ellis’s Yard is having on their local area.
Local election candidate and member of the Traveller community, TJ Hogan, told the Evening Echo earlier this month that dumping was not the fault of local Travellers who have just two skips for rubbish between 40 families at Spring Lane.
City Council’s director of environment, Valerie O’Sullivan, recently committed to undertaking the clean-up, erecting perimeter fences and CCTV to help identify dumpers.