Ferdia Park is no longer home to the only recycling brink bank in Ardee – after the long running saga to have them removed from the estate ended this morning as they were relocated to a new site across the road at the Fair Green.
Workers began the process of moving the bins from the entrance to the estate across the road to the corner of the Fair Green park on the Golf Links Road side.
Late last month, contractors had got to work on clearing the corner of the park – paving a small area and installing fencing. Today, the bins have been lifted from Ferdia Park and moved to their new home.
The new area has the capacity to hold eight bins – back-to-back – facing out onto the road and the park, increase of one on the number of bins previously across the road.
Louth County Council say the location of the new brink bank – at the entrance of the council yard – will mean workers will routinely ensure the area is kept clean.
Having originally 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 decided in September the bins would not be moving to that location – but instead would be relocated to an area within the Fair Green park.
Having moved the bins themselves to their new site, workers have spent Monday morning cleaning out the area at the entrance to Ferdia Park. Residents will now be able to get to work on long-held plans to tidy up the area, in keeping with other green areas in the estate.
For years, the site has been used as a dumping ground for rubbish – and overflow recycling materials.
The bins have not been emptied or maintained with the regularity necessary and the location of the bring bank – at the entrance of the estate – was for a long time seen as a danger to motorists and brink bank users.