County Council to spend €3m cleaning up housing estates

By Brendan Grehan

SOUTH Dublin County Council is set to spend nearly €3 million on cleaning housing estates in the county in 2019.

The figures were revealed at last month’s monthly meeting of SDCC where Councillor Yvonne Collins put down a question asking the “Chief Executive how much was spent on cleaning laneways in 2018 and 2019 to date, and to list the expenditure in tabular form by ward.”

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In the Council’s reply they stated that the cleaning of laneways “is not provided for separately in the annual budget and costs to provide this service cannot be separated from the overall budget for a variety of cleansing services which are provided by the Public Realm Section.”

They added that a total of €2.86m has been provided in the 2019 budget for cleaning of housing estates, including the cleaning of laneways, general litter-picking in all locations, the removal of illegally dumped materials and the provision of waste collection services to Tidy Towns and residents’ association groups.

They said: “It is not possible to separate out the cost to clean laneways from this and by electoral ward.”

In relation to the laneway cleaning service, the Council said that “it is for the most part a response to requests from litter wardens to remove illegally dumped materials.”

They added that individual requests are received from time to time from residents and public representatives to have certain laneways cleaned and these are responded to as the need arises and in addition to this a scheduled laneway cleaning service is in place in both the Dublin 12 area and in the Palmerstown area. The Council’s Housing Dept also provide a laneway cleaning service, in addition to that provided by the Public Realm Section.

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