McLaughlin says residents are concerned about dumping at bonfire site in Cloughmills

Sinn Féin Councillor Cathal McLaughlin has appealed for an end to  dumping in the Ballycregagh Road area of Cloughmills.

He made his call after being contacted by a number of residents concerned about the environmental impact and public health implications it was having there.

Cllr McLaughlin said: “This problem has been ongoing now for a number of weeks at the site where a bonfire is held each year.

“Sinn Féin is concerned not only about the environmental damage but the long term health of local residents due to this indiscriminate fly-tipping by people, some obviously from outside the local area, who have no vested interest in the health nor well being of the local community who live in that area.

“Residents are rightly concerned about the environmental impact and public health implications this illegal dumping is having on the area,” he said in a statement reported on the Causeway Coast News website.

The councillor added: “I have been in contact with the Environmental department and the PSNI and made them aware of the situation at Ballycregagh Road and asked for a clean up of the area, which has started and I am told will be completed at the beginning of this week, and for that I wish to thank the Dept.

“I am also calling on the land owner to take responsibility to ensure their land is well maintained and secured.

“There is no excuse for this indiscriminate dumping, the opening hours for the amenity sites are well known and published on a regular basis.

“If anyone has bulky items that needs collected for disposal they should ring the Council Environmental department to make arrangements for that to happen, not just leave a mess for council workers to clear up.”

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