Halting site bonfires disgrace

Burned out refuse at St Mary's Halting Site, Hebron Road, Kilkenny.
Bonfires continue to blaze on a regular basis at St Mary’s Halting Site, Hebron Road, Kilkenny despite the best resolve of Kilkenny County Council.

Bonfires continue to blaze on a regular basis at St Mary’s Halting Site, Hebron Road, Kilkenny despite the best resolve of Kilkenny County Council.

Refuse generated in the halting site which is populated by Traveller families is being placed on the green area of the site almost daily and burned.

However, the local authority is powerless to do anything because the fires are being set by unidentified minors and expert legal opinion is that they cannot be held or prosecuted.

There are serious health and safety concerns for the residents and the council. The fire service has been called out on a number of occasions and fire brigades have extinguished fires. In the mean time, the green area at the halting site is deteriorating rapidly.

It has been confirmed that the council has stopped collecting refuse from the site because of non-payment of charges by the Travelling community there. The area came in for criticism in last year’s Tidy Towns report due to the amount of litter present.

Officials are working behind the scenes to bring the situation under control, so far without success.