Fear was preventing Kirwan Park householders from revealing the names of people who were dumping rubbish in a small area of the estate.
So claimed Cllr Bobby Delaney at the Mountmellick Town Council monthly meeting. He stressed the importance of tackling the problem before it got any worse.
Cllr Marc Connolly: “It’s the same culprits doing it. They have no civic pride. They will not buy bins.”
Earlier, executive engineer Dermot Leonard said the Co Council had removed two loads of illegally dumped rubbish from Bay Road.
Chairman Cllr Paddy Bracken: “I really hope that it (Bay Road) is kept that way now. It was a disgrace”
Cllr Denis O’Mara: “On the Portarlington Road there is equally as much dumping.”
Cllr Stephen Lynch said drains on Bay Road had been getting very polluted and they flowed into the Barrow. He added: “I hope it (Bay Road) is kept clean.”
Cllr Delaney spoke of rubbish problems at Forest Lower. And he claimed: “Within the town a lot of dumping is going on.”
Senior Executive Engineer Brenda Cuddy said the cost to the Council of bringing waste to the landfill was “really expensive.”
Cllr Connolly: “It only takes one or two people to to it (dump). These people will be caught.”
Cllr O’Mara: “Is there anyway of surveying to see who has bins in the town?”
Engineer Cuddy: “That would be private information.”
Chairman Bracken: “A lot of people share bins.”
Cllr Rosemary Whelan: “If you are in a house you should have to prove how you dispose of waste. People should be named and shamed.”
Cllr Connolly thought it was a shame to see in the newspapers the names of people who had stolen 20 euros worth of groceries to feed their families. Yet illegal dumpers couldn’t be named.
Cllr Delaney: “I think Mountmellick at this stage is entitled to a few big-bellied solar (compacting) bins.