A group of volunteers from the Cox’s Demesne area recently took on an area of Oakland Park which has become notorious for illegal dumping to a level which is dangerous for residents in the area.
No task was too big as a large group of volunteers of all ages came together on Saturday 21st May – with a follow up day on Thursday 26th – and tackled everything from household rubbish to burnt-out mattresses.
Louth County Council provided assistance and backing to the clean-up while local CE workers also gave the volunteers a dig out. Oxigen environmental donated support in the form of a builder’s skip to remove larger materials. Paul Sloane, North East Account Manager for Oxigen Environmental Services stated “Oxigen is at the forefront of environmental services provision in Ireland and are proud to based here in Dundalk, we were delighted to support a community initiative which is seeking to improve our local environment.”
The members of Cox’s Demesne Community Volunteers carried out their clean up as part of National Volunteer Week. National Volunteering Week is coordinated nationally by Volunteer Ireland and locally through Ireland’s network of 21 local Volunteer Centres and six Volunteering Information Services that cover most counties, of which Louth Volunteer Centre is one.
Commenting on the clean up, Cllr EdelCorrigan said: “It is a great credit to all those involved in the community effort to clean up the area once again, its unfortunate that this is a continual problem area for dumping.
“I hope that local authority will work with the residents to prevent a reoccurrence with installation of cameras and security to maintain the area so that the residents don t find themselves back in the same position in a few weeks.
I would also appeal to people not to dump rubbish in this or any other area, not only is it an environmental hazard but the level of waste was preventing people from accessing their own back garden entrance to their homes.”
Louth Volunteer Centre have been supporting residents in the Cox’s area to get involved in their community, particularly through volunteer activity such as this clean up, for the past year. A number of resident’s group are being set up as a result of Louth Volunteer Centre’s activity. If anyone from the area would like to get involved and have more of an input into events and projects in the future please contact Kayleigh on 086 043 1379.