A fly tipping site in between a row of houses in Doolargy Avenue in Muirheavnamuir has been reported to the EPA.
The site which is situated between two rows of houses in a central public site has steadily built up over the last decade, and is making residents lives a misery.
“This used be a beautiful spot a few years ago.
“It was a walkway between the houses.
“Now you’d be afraid to have your grand children around.
“The smell of it when it’s hot would be knock you down. There are nappies in there and all sorts. And it’s attracting rats and flies to the area.”
Over the years Martin has had to slowly build his wall up to help block the view and to stop people throwing rubbish over his wall.
“I got permission from the council to build up the wall by a few bricks.
“People are bringing their rubbish over the locked gate in the space and leaving their rubbish. “
With the recession and an increase in bin charges , the problem has escalated.
“There are people to leaving rubbish at the entrance to the bring centre as well.
“They come after the centre has closed for the day and just dump their rubbish there.
“You just get sick to death of it.”
The site has now been reported to the Environemtal Protection Agency (EPA) by the Louth Envrironmental Group (LEG).
In a letter to the EPA, LEG said they were informed about the issue by Cllr Olvier Morgan.
In the letter they have requested that the EPA force Dundalk Town Council to deal with the waste as it is on public land owned by the council.
They said; “This is an utterly unacceptable situation which is continuing despite the efforts of local residents to prevent it and we would call on the agency to exercise its jurisdiction in the matter by compelling Dundalk Town Council to forthwith remove the domestic refuse from its land and henceforth properly supervise the land and use its wide-ranging powers in the matter to ensure that there is no recurrence.”
The problem at the site has been ongoing for over a decade according to Martin. He believes that people must be scaling the entrance to the middle space in order to dump their rubbish.
The Dundalk Democrat contactedDundalk Town Council on the matter but at the time of going to press, the council had issued no comment in relation to the dumping in this public space in the heart of Dundalk.