Having agreed to spend €22,000 to relocate the controversial recycling bring banks from Ferdia Park to the Ashwalk car park adjacent to Super Valu, Louth County Council have now confirmed the bins will not be moving to that location – but instead will be relocated to an area within the Fair Green park.
The decision is likely to draw questions from local residents who will fear the problems that plagued the bins at the entrance to Ferdia Park – overfilling and a failure to routinely clean and maintain the bins – will impact on the public park, especially given how it is a popular recreation and play area for parents and young children.
In February this year, it was revealed that €22,000 was being allocated to move the bins from Ferdia Park to a new site at the Ashwalk car park. That would have involved resurfacing the back end of the car park, installing rails and CCTV, public lighting and the addition of extra bins.
However, delays in getting that process underway have led the council to revisit their plans. Other suggested sites for relocating the bins to – Lidl on the Drogheda Road and elsewhere in Ferdia Park – have not been considered however and ThisIsArdee.ie understands that no local councillors have lodged objections to the new plans.
Ferdia Park residents were told the bins would be removed by May of this year, but it is not known presently how long this change of direction by the council will delay the process further. The issue of fly-tipping at the site has continued in recent months – including since two plastic recycling bins were closed off when the local authority ceased plastic collections (below).
One councillor told ThisIsArdee.ie that the process to move the bins to the corner of the park that meets the Golf Links Road and the council workers yard should be a relatively quick one, with little work to do on site compared to what was required at the Ashwalk car park.
At this month’s Ardee Municipal District meeting, Fine Gael councillor and Louth County Council chairman Colm Markey suggested that the bins could be considered to be moved to the area after Jim Tenanty said he hoped the Fair Green would be in contention for a Green Flag award in 2018. Four parks in Drogheda and Dundalk were awarded the accolades this year. A council engineer visited the site soon after and a decision was made to try and press ahead with the plans.
The Green Flag Awards, handed out by An Taisce recognise and encourage the provision of good quality parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. Councillors believe the new site for the recycling bins – right next door to the council yard – will ensure the area will be maintained and cleaned on a regular basis.
The plans are set to be discussed further at the next Municipal meeting in two weeks time – but with no objections from councillors thus far, the move is all set to go-ahead. It remains to be seen what will become of the surplus of the ringfenced €22,000 that now will not be spent.