Tuesday 20 August 2019

Zero tolerance approach needed for back yard dumpers - Byrne

Cllr Malcolm Byrne: zero tolerance approach needed.
Cllr Malcolm Byrne: zero tolerance approach needed.

A threat of prosecution in court is hanging over any tenant who fills their back yard with rubbish.

Cllr Malcolm Byrne said some residents are letting rubbish gather in their garden. He said the council take the rubbish away and provides bins for tenants.

Director of Services John Carley said: 'It's not a council policy to provide a free bin service but in certain situations the council may assist.'

He said warning notices are issued to tenants who let rubbish pile up in their back gardens. 'A prosecution may or may not be initiated. I have taken a view that we should initiate a prosecution where I feel we have a chance of getting a successful prosecution, but we have been taking more cases in the past 12 to 18 months.'

Cllr Byrne said it is completely unfair on these tenants' neighbours to allow a build up of rubbish in their back yards and totally unacceptable for Wexford County Council to provide them with free bins for littering their estates.

He said a zero tolerance approach is needed.

Wexford People

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