LITTER and illegal dumping have reached epidemic proportions in Kilkenny according to County Manager Joe Crockett. Mr Crockett made his comments after a presentation by the environmental enforcement unit to Kilkenny County Council.
David Smith had revealed that the environment unit spent e1.4 a year on street sweeping through-out Kilkenny borough and county council areas . The managers comments came after Cllr Sean Treacy (Fianna Fail) complained that the allocation of funds for street sweeping was lopsided. “It’s a bit lopsided, e890,000 for the borough. That explains why the tidy towns can’t get a street sweeper,” he said.
Mr Smith explained to Cllr Treacy that the environment section do huge work with the tidy towns committees. They meet them in the evening to advise and help them in anyway they can. “Unfortunately we don’t have the funding to provide as much support as we would like to,” he said.
The County Manager called on communities to take greater responsibility for litter in their areas. Mr Crockett said “the council can’t take the responsibility for all litter. “We require the community to take responsibility because littering and illegal dumping have reached epidemic proportions.”