Councillor Sharvin Reacts To Fly-tipping in Downpatrick
An investigation into a serious incident of fly-tipping in Downpatrick will lead to prosecution according to Newry Mourne and Down District Council writes Laura Barr.
Council were alerted to a considerable amount of household waste that had been dumped on Old Course Road on Wednesday (30 December), a two-minute drive from the Household Recycling Centre.
Downpatrick Councillor Gareth Sharvin informed council officers after he was alerted to the incident by local residents who had been out walking their dog.
Among the household waste were letters containing personal information with names and addresses.
The SDLP representative told Down News: “I have asked the local councils enforcement team to identify the individuals involved from the letters.
“Part of that investigation will involve contacting the individual and I hope the issuing of a fine.
“I would ask people to be considerate of the area we live in.
“Fly-tipping poses a serious threat to wildlife and to those who come across it, particularly children who could be hurt by approaching the items.
“I would question those responsible why they could not have driven to the household recycling centre which is only a two-minute drive from where the items were dumped.”
In a statement to Down News, council confirmed that they found a “considerable amount” of household waste dumped and within close proximity to the council’s Household Recycling Centre (HRC) at Flying Horse Road, Downpatrick.
“The HRC facility was open before and immediately after the Christmas period and used extensively by responsible residents” the spokesperson said, adding: “The council condemns any incidence of fly-tipping and has begun investigation into this particular incident with a view to prosecution.