Portlaoise area county councillors have clashed over the lease of a site in Clonminam Insdustrial Estate for the next five years to a recycling company that disposes of scrap cars, metal and other wate.
The Council had proposed that just over one hectare of land in Clonminam Industrial Estate to MSM (Midland Scrap Metal) Recycling for four years and eleven months.
The lease would cost €26,000 for the first two years and €28,000 per year in each of the remaining years.
Cllr Willie Aird proposed that the disposal of the land be adjourned to the March meeting and that Portlaoise Area Councillors would meet on the site with enginners in the meantime, to discuss the proposal. He also voiced concerns about the amount the council had paid for the site and how much the lease was now.
Cllr Jerry Lodge, said the councillors had had two weeks to go in and discuss any item on this month’s agenda with council officials.
“This will be creating jobs, which is what I want to see happen, it’s not fair that it should be delayed another month.”
However, Cllr Aird was unhappy with Cllr Lodge’s comments and told him to keep his lecture to himself.
“Keep you lecture, I have been making you for the last 30 years and I’ll mark you again,” Cllr Aird told his colleague.
Cllr Aird continued: “When I received the agenda, I met with the Fine Gael group to discuss this. Where this is proposed for is a commercial area and it is my job as a public representative to inform people of what is happening in their area.
“The area of recycling is a huge worry, I want to know what is going in and what the end product will be.”
Supporting her party colleague, Cllr Mary Sweeney said it was not always convenient to run into the council office.
“I find it’s much more efficient to get a site visit with the engineer, so all the questions can be answered at once,” she said.
But Cllr Lodge said this was no way for a council, who wanted to encourage more jobs in the area, to do business.
“The rent is perfect, the lease is fine, a full planning application still has to go in.
“I’m disappointed, this is no business like way to do things.”
Cathaoirleach Paul Mitchell said the decision on the land would be adjourned until the next council meeting at the end of the month.
MSM Recycling, are a family owned business based in Cookstown Industrial Estate, Tallaght. recyle all types of metal and glass recycling, end of life cars and an off site reclamation service.