Thursday 23 January 2020

Rocks area littered with rubbish for new year

Litter left following an impromptu fireworks display in The Rocks on New Year’s Eve
Litter left following an impromptu fireworks display in The Rocks on New Year’s Eve

Pádraig Byrne

While a huge amount of positive work has been done in The Rocks lately, locals were left frustrated once again after debris and rubbish was left scattered around after New Years Eve.

Fireworks being let off in The Rocks on New Years Eve were visible from all around, going on for some time.

However, the following morning, walkers using the heralded local amenity were dismayed to find firework tubes, packaging and beer cans scattered around The Rocks.

While The Southend Family Resource Centre, Wexford Tidy Towns and St Mary's of Maudlintown GAA have done a massive amount of work on cleaning up and maintaining the area in recent times, with funding of over €50,000 being pumped into the creation of some beautiful walkways there, locals have been left frustrated in recent times by the lack of respect shown by those who leave rubbish around the beautiful site.

Cllr Leonard Kelly says that he's hoping to bring about a new approach to the problem in 2020.

'Basically what I'm looking to put in place is something similar to the "Love Redmond Park" group,' he said.

'I'd like to get the gardaí involved along with the Southend Family Resource Centre, the GAA Club and the Tidy Towns in order to draw everyone in and make The Rocks a real community space that's respected by everyone.'

Cllr Kelly said the debris left behind following the impromptu fireworks display is just the tip of the iceberg and countless black refuse sacks of beer cans and other rubbish are taken from the area on a regular basis.

'There has been so much great work done on The Rocks already,' he said.

'I think maybe it's just time to bring it on another step. It's a great area, but there's no reason we can't make it even better.'

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