Council has no money
to develop landfill site

CLLR Conor Keelan has asked Dundalk Town Council officials to contact the Environmental Protection Association (EPA) to see how soon the old landfill site on the Newry Road can be developed into an amenity site.

CLLR Conor Keelan has asked Dundalk Town Council officials to contact the Environmental Protection Association (EPA) to see how soon the old landfill site on the Newry Road can be developed into an amenity site.

Cllr Keelan referred to an article in The Irish Times which reported on plans by Cork City Council to transform a former dump in Cork city into a central park.

The plan is to turn the old Cork landfill into a family leisure and recreation centre which would transform the 29 hectares of the old Kinsale Road landfill into a leisure and recreation facility.

This facility would a large multi-use area which would include playgrounds, wildlife and biodiversity sections.

The park is scheduled to be formally opened in two years and fully completed by 2018.

The Kinsale Road dump served as the city’s main landfill from the mid-1960s until three years ago.

The Dundalk landfill was closed in 2005 and is currently under the supervision of the EPA.

Cllr Keelan asked that Dundalk Town Council contact Cork City Council regarding their plan.

Town engineer Catherine Duff said the council would get in touch with Cork.

She also stated that Dundalk Town Council has a restoration plan, but Town Clerk Frank Pentony said they have no fuds for this type of work.

He said the council no longer has a steady income from planning development so the money simply is not available for such a project.

But Cllr Martin Bellew said the old landfill is now a very impressive site and if the EPA gives approval for its public use then the Town Clerk should give any restoration or amenity plan full priority.