Five bags of rubbish dumped on main road in Kilkenny stokes councillors’ concerns

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Five bags of rubbish dumped on main road in Kilkenny stokes councillors’ concerns

File photo of rubbish: Cllr Ger Frisby said place was ‘like a dump’

Councillors have raised concerns over fly-tipping in South Kilkenny after five bags of rubbish were illegally dumped on the N25 near Slieverue and hit by cars.

At a recent meeting of Piltown Municipal District, Fianna Fáil Cllr Ger Frisby said the place was “like a dump” after the bags were dropped recently.

He said: “This is a huge issue. In fairness to the County Council they were down straight away.”

Members were provided with discretionary maintenance figures at the meeting which included two days litter picking.

However Cllr Frisby added: “Two days does not reflect the working being done.”

He said it is important to look at staffing the Litter Management Plan 2018-2020 and added: “If there’s swift action the staff can get names and are able to recover information and hopefully it’ll lead to prosecutions down the line.

“In light of the plan being drawn up we do need to look at staff and illegal dumping must lead to prosecutions cause if it doesn’t then people will continue to dump indiscriminately.

“The five bags were hit by a couple of cars and left in a mess.”

Cllr Fidelis Doherty said within a few hours five or six bags could be filled from litter picking and said: “The N25 looks desperate at times and can be particularly dangerous to clean up too.”

She added that the scheme should look after all back roads as well.