43 lorry loads of dumped rubbish cleared from park

by Sylvia Pownall

The council has issued a warning against illegal dumping after 43 lorry loads of rubbish were collected during a clean-up of Wellview Park in Mulhuddart.

Crews from the local authority’s operations department spent the equivalent of 100 man hours removing waste which had been dumped in the open space.

During the course of the operation on January 12, 43 loads of rubbish were removed from the park – 26 tractor and trailer loads, four lorry loads, and 13 van loads.

Wellview green has become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour and joyriding and in a bid to curtail this Fingal County Council last year agreed to install a raised kerb.

Operations department senior executive officer Paul Smyth revealed: “In 2018 the council approved the installation of a stub wall to protect the open space at Wellview.

“On a recent inspection in advance of the installation of the wall, serious amounts of fly-tipping were found around the perimeter boundary of the open space.”

Crews from the council’s Coolmine depot spent a full day cleaning up the area, with 43 trips to the dump as well as two skips being filled on the day.

There is still a “sizable” amount of rubbish left in the yard of the park requiring a third skip and five grab lorry loads of material for disposal.

Mr Smyth said: “Our parks and green spaces are vital parts of the community, so I appeal to everyone to respect the work that goes into maintaining these areas.

“Anyone caught illegally dumping in the county will be prosecuted. If you suspect that any illegal waste activity is taking place at a site or location in Fingal, you should contact the council.”

Dumping can result in a maximum fine of €3,000 if successfully prosecuted in the District Court. Fingal County Council has taken a number of court actions in the past 12 months.

To report illegal dumping in Fingal, freephone 1800 2010 93, or email [email protected].

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