RESIDENTS living near an illegal dump in Ballyvolane brought samples of liquidised dog poo, rat urine and droppings, asbestos fibres and dirty nappies to City Hall yesterday to raise awareness of the effect fly-tipping is having on their local area.
They also left off a smoke bomb to give an example of what it is like to live close to a site covered in rubbish which is regularly set on fire.
The protest was led by local Noreen Murphy, who said she won’t believe City Hall plans to clean-up and secure Eliis's yard until bulldozers are on site.
A spokesperson for City Council said measures to combat illegal dumping at Ellis’s Yard will be implemented over the next few weeks.
“Cork City Council understands the frustrations of residents when illegal dumping of waste is carried out. In relation to Ellis’s Yard in Ballyvolane, Cork City Council will be cleaning the area in the coming weeks.
“Works will also include the repair of the surrounding pallisade fencing and the installation of CCTV to deter future dumping on the site. Cork City Council will also work closely with other state agencies in terms of progressing multi-agency site inspections,” the spokesperson added.
Councillor Ken O’Flynn (FF) said he believes Cork City Council will find it difficult to get a contractor to take on the job of a clean-up as the scale of dumping is so large.
“I have been asking for this site to be closed for the last seven years and the adjoining halting site. I spoke with the directors of housing and environment and they have agreed that they will have the site cleaned up in two weeks. I believe they will have great difficulty in finding a contractor to take on the job.
“The last time they tried to clean up the site there was resistance with machinery blocked.
“First of all, it has to be cleaned up, then it has to be secured completely and then there has to be a deal with a community group or community organisation that this has to be made a recreational site for the betterment of the people of Ballyvolane and there are sporting organisations very interested in it,” he added.
Workers’ Party representative Ted Tynan claimed the current issue of dumping around the city has been caused by the privatisation of the waste service.
“The chickens have come home to roast,” he said.
“Dumping has got worse. The City Council have an obligation to keep areas clean. To clean up Ellis’s Yard they will have to fund it from somewhere and bring in private contractors. It will cost thousands,” he added.