A former mushroom site on the Racecourse road has been turned into a caravan park in recent times with up to thirteen caravans present on the site at any given time.
A concerned resident from Ath Lethan, the housing estate just across the road from the site spoke to the Dundalk Democrat about the deterioration of the site over the past eight years.
“I first moved into my residence in Ath Lethan in 2005 and back then the site was being used a dumping ground.
“ I got onto the Dundalk Town Council and they told me that as the property was privately owned it was the owners responsibility to clean up the area and there was not much they could do except contact the owner.”
The owner of the property has never taken responsibility for this site and over the years the situation has gotten worse.
“I’ve tried my best to make it look decent by planting trees outside it which were then stolen.
“At the moment the site has been turned into a caravan park and there can be up to thirteen caravans on the site at any given time.
“All local residents are upset about this situation and as property tax payers we are frustrated that the council have been so slow to deal with the dumping problem and now it has turned into an even bigger problem.
Fianna Fail Town Councillor Conor Keelan spoke to the Deomcrat about his opinion on the matter.
“I am very concerned about the situation and have raised it with the local authorities at the recent town council meeting as well as contacting the Gardai and a number of other representatives since then as this a huge sanifety, environmental and pollution issue.
The local councillor said that the main issue is that the site is privately owned. “The local Gardai and local authority need to join forces to deal with this situation as it is not fair to leave it up to residents of Ath Lethan. Planning enforcement are following up on the matter at the moment and the Traveller Department of the local authority have been asked to step in but have refused to do so.”