Athleague Tidy Towns has called on Roscommon County Council to install CCTV at the village’s bring banks after bags of rubbish were left there over the weekend.
The local community is annoyed and disappointed by the incident, especially following the great effort put in for the Pride of Place and Tidy Towns competitions.
Businessman Bernard Keane, who is treasurer of the local Tidy Towns committee, said he was disappointed to see the bags of rubbish left for others to clean up, and condemned the incident as ‘mindless abuse’.
“It’s shocking,” he said, adding illegal dumping affected the entire county. He praised council workers for their quick response in dealing with these incidents, “but they shouldn’t be happening.
“We are determined in the Tidy Towns if we can identify who is engaging in illegal dumping, we will be asking the county council to prosecute them.”
He added that the installation of cameras at the bring banks would act as a deterrent to fly tippers. “A number of tidy towns committees, who have had them installed, have told us that they do work,” he said.
Elsewhere over the weekend, Athleague Tidy Towns posted another example of “mindless dumping”, this time at Araghty, Athleague, where a large number of foam pieces were dumped in the middle of the countryside. It added that local residents cleaned up the mess.