The old bog road in Mountmellick’s Lower Forrest has again been cleared of tonnes of household refuse, but concerns for a repeat of the problem were high among town councillors.
The hard work of local volunteers was praised at a recent town council meeting, especially that of Dick Fitzpatrick, one of the leaders of the clean-up at the bog off the Bay road, traditionally a spot for illegal dumping.
Cllr Bobby Delaney who was one of the volunteers, praised the “excellent job” but said he was concerned the now clean roadways would attract more lawbreakers.
“Is is going to make it easier to dump now? Cars are getting more frequent. We nearly lost a plantation of young trees there, due to a fire.
“Anyone that goes up there has no business there if they are not walking, shooting or cutting turf. The cars we reported last year weren’t from Mountmellick at all,” Cllr Delaney said.
Cllr Stephen Lynch agreed.
“It’s a highway for people illegally dumping. There was a lot of work put in, plus the fact that there’s forestry up there, if we get a dry summer. It needs to be protected by the people and reported,” he said.