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Dublin councillor slams selfish minority who have turned local park into a dump

'This is a problem that has been going on for a number of years and people are just sick of it'
Rubbish bags left in St Cuthbert's PArk

Rubbish bags left in St Cuthbert's PArk

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

A Dublin councillor has condemned the “scumbags” who have destroyed a local popular park with illegal dumping.

Cllr Francis Timmons took to social media to highlight the amount of rubbish that has been left strewn across St Cuthbert’s Park in Clondalkin.

Pictures show bags of refuse casually dumped in the park that has been plagued by various other anti-social issues in recent years.

“This is a problem that has been going on for a number of years and people are just sick of it,” Cllr Timmons said.

“In fairness to South Dublin County Council, they go in and clean it up and within hours, if not the next day, it's as bad as it was.

Some people have been using the park as their personal dumping ground

Some people have been using the park as their personal dumping ground

“It’s just ridiculous,” he added. “I mean there are no excuses. The people doing this have no respect or concern for themselves for their neighbours, where they live or the community.

“It’s just scumbag behaviour,” he added, “and I hate that word, but that’s the only word for it.

“I have to say, it’s a small minority. Most people around here are decent people who pay their bills and are responsible.

“If people have problems paying their bills there are places they can go to, to get help. None of us particularly likes paying bills, or bin charges, but that’s the world we live in. But these people think it’s okay to just get their household rubbish and just throw it over a wall into a park and leave it there.

“And of course, it is attracting vermin which makes it unsafe for people to use the park. I live here in Cherrywood between Corkagh Park and St Cuthbert’s Park so I’m lucky enough to have two parks relatively near where I live.

“But St Cuthbert’s park, you just can’t use it. The amount of rubbish dumped there is unreal. People who are doing this are the lowest of the low, to be honest.”

Cllr Timmons pointed out that this wasn’t the usual post-Christmas problem where some people tend to dump excess rubbish built up over the festive period. As well as household waste, Cllr Timmons revealed that there have been tables and chairs, as well building rubble and industrial waste dumped in the park.

“People need to be careful when they’re getting stuff built in their house, about who they use to take the waste away. Some are legit but there are a few who will just drive around the corner and dump it in a park.

“But most of it is household rubbish and when the birds get in there and spread it all over the park, it’s a mess. There are dirty nappies and filth everywhere.”

Cllr Timmons stressed that South Dublin County Council was going its best.

Cllr Timmons said the rubbish has attracted vermin

Cllr Timmons said the rubbish has attracted vermin

“To be fair to the council, they set up a task force a number of years ago, that looked at reclaiming St Cuthbert’s Park because of issues around anti-social behaviour and drug use, as well as illegal dumping.

“It’s made up of various members of the council as well as elected officials and representatives of sports clubs and the gardai. But the local football club, Celtics, who use the park had scramblers come in over Christmas and wreck their pitches while a car was driven into a container where they keep their gear, so there are lot of issues here.

“But we’re going to have to work on finding long-term solutions because we can’t let this minority of people win. The council has plans to introduce a teen space there but they won’t want to waste money on this facility if it’s going to be wrecked.

“So, we have to deal with these issues and come up with a plan to take back the park for the community.”

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