A DUNDALK couple are at their wits end after Dundalk Town Council (DTC) told them it cannot afford the e64,000 bill to clean up an illegal rubbish dump at the back of their house.
Noel and Roisin Corcoran from Doolargy Avenue, Muirhevnamor have pleaded with the local authority to clean up the mess between Clontygora and Doolargy for the past two years.
“I can’t use the back entrance to my house. It’s in a very bad state. A guy from the council came to have a look at it last year and told me it would cost thousands to clean up and that there was no money available for it,” said Noel.
“I told the council I would clear it myself if they gave me proper gloves and some jumbo bins. I could probably do it in about two to three weeks. But I was told it can’t be done that way.”
The rubbish dump - which is filled with bed frames, old three-piece suites, toys, hoovers, beer cans, bottles, and grass cuttings - has become a health hazard, according to Noel, as it is attracting large numbers of rats and mice
“I want to use part of the ground to grow vegetables at the back of my house so I cleaned up part of it myself around three months ago but before I put anything in the ground a wall needs to be built either side of it first,” he said.
“Now that it’s clean it’s more or less kept clean. People aren’t dumping there. I keep an eye on it and go out every so often to clear up anything. If the council cleaned up the rest of the site I’m sure it would be kept clean too.”
Noel’s wife, Roisin, described the dumping as a “disgrace”. She added that it is an “eyesore for people living in the area”.
“Unfortunately, because it is not visible from the road, the council has said cleaning it up is not a priority. It’s very scary to think of the number of rodents out there. The dump has become a sore spot now between the residents of Clontygora and Doolargy,” she said.
“I don’t know who is dumping there so I don’t know where the mess is coming from but people in Clontygora are blaming people in Doolargy and vice versa. Something should be done about it.”
According to a DTC Housing spokesperson, Stephen Cull, funding has been prioritised for works in Coxes Demesne.
“We would love to clean up that area between Clontygora and Doolargy but there are budget constraints. If we can do something about it, we will,” said Mr Cull.
“Some parts of Muirhevnamor are in just as much need as Coxes.”