€500K spent on waste removal at Labre Park

By Maurice Garvey

DUBLIN City Council have spent over half a million euro on waste removal of dumped rubbish from Labre Park.

Shay L’Estrange, the local coordinator of a group that works to support the Travelling Community, said much of the waste is being illegally dumped there by tradespeople and building contractors who don’t live in or near the site.

Labre rubbish 2 weeks ago compressor

Rubbish dumped at Labre Park two weeks ago

Multi-agency checkpoints were held recently on Kylemore Road at Labre Park, with commercial vehicles checked to see if they had a licence to transport waste, as required by law.

While driving by the location last year, The Echo saw two vans on Kylemore Road at the bridge/canal, dumping rubbish from the back of their vehicles over the fence - a sight many a resident has witnessed in recent times.

Since 2015, residents at Labre Park have made 21 separate formal complaints. This has resulted in eight notices being issued. So far, one conviction has been made in relation to the illegal dumping.

In 2018, the council spent €250,000 on waste disposal at Labre Park in Ballyfermot.

Cllr Hazel de Nortúin (PBP) said that the actions of a small few are having an enormously detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of those who live on site.

In 2015, €43,885 was paid to Thorntons Recycling for waste disposal at Labre Park. Thorntons were paid €56,756 in 2016.

The cost to the council increased significantly in the following two years. Thorntons were paid €172,258 in 2017 and a further €250,734 in 2018.

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