The wait for for the Ferdia Park recycling bins to be moved continues for residents of the estate – and the rate of how often the bins are emptied just isn’t keeping up with the volume of rubbish that is being dumped at the bring bank.
Earlier this month, ThisIsArdee.ie bought you the story of how the council were still reviewing potential relocation spots for the controversial bottle bank – with officials from Louth County Council admitting that a move was still ‘months’ away.
The local authority have costed a move to the Ashwalk car park in the middle of the town at around €22,000 – which includes installing sensor lighting and resurfacing work, installing railings and the addition of extra bins. Only €5,000 was allocated from last year’s Ardee Municipal District budget to cover the bins move.
They also costed moving the bins from their current position to a new location within the estate but Ferdia Park residents have reacted with anger to that suggestion and Ardee Municipl cathaoirleach Dolores Minogue has reaffirmed to worried residents that the bring bank will leave the estate.
However, residents of Ferdia Park again aired their exasperation at the ongoing wait for the facility to be removed from the estate on social media on Thursday when one local posted photographs of the state of the bins as of 9am on Thursday morning.
The images show boxes, black bags, bottle and rubbish left on the ground to the side of the bins and strewn around – but not in – the bins. It shouldn’t need to be said of course, but if the bins are full please people should seek alternative options as the litter – and the smell and infestation it can bring – is clearly affecting the local residents.
Writing on Facebook, Ferdia Park resident Michelle Lees said, “This is what our estate looked like at 9.40am this morning!!! I can’t speak on behalf of our residents but I for one will not allow this to be kept in our estate or let any more in!!! Cllr Dolores Minogue have they stopped emptying these bins??? Where is the litter warden??? Why do we have to put up with this!! If it costs too much to move them get them out!!!”
The concerned local also descried Thursday morning’s situation as “mild” and asked whether or not the bins could be removed straight away, even before an alternative site is acquired. That seems unlikely as the council have no alternative site for recycling in the town since the closure of V&W Recycling last Christmas.
Another resident Kate Fox added, “Environmental and health should be called in. The council are ignoring it. All the photos are up there – what more do they need to get them moved?”