SINN FEIN councillor Harry Todd has criticised Dundalk Town Council for sending letters to Oakland Park residents about illegal dumping in the area. At a meeting of the council, Cllr Todd said the letters threatened fines of up to 1,000 euro, and demanded that people produce receipts for waste collection.
“These people are paying their rent,” he said, “and paying for waste collection. They have been threatened with fines, but the dumping continues.
Mr David Storey, senior executive officer with the council, said action will only be taken against people who are dumping illegally.
“The dumping is still going on,” Mr Storey said. “And it is unfair to the people who are paying for waste collection. The council does not have the money to clean up the waste.”
Afterwards, Cllr Todd said residents had volunteered to help turn the green space, where the dumping is now happening, into a park and play area for children. 18,000 euro had been spent fencing off the area. But the work was never finished.