Fury at dumping of rubbish in play park

The rubbish which was dumped at Currynieran Children's Park on Tuesday morning. Though Council later cleared the debris, residents contacted the 'Journal' to express their dismay.

The rubbish which was dumped at Currynieran Children's Park on Tuesday morning. Though Council later cleared the debris, residents contacted the 'Journal' to express their dismay.

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Irate residents in Curryneirin have claimed that waste was dumped from a Donegal-registered van in a children’s play area in the estate.

A number of Currynierin residents contacted the ‘Journal’ claiming that a white van, with Donegal registration plates, pulled into the grass area on the estate as a number of youngsters were playing nearby.

One resident said: “Two young fellas then got out of the van and started unloading the contents. They were just throwing it onto the field beside the park.

“The van was filled to the brim with rubbish, mostly household rubbish as well as a number of tarpaulins and broken buckets and they didn’t care where they threw them.”

According to eyewitnesses, those responsible were present for approximately ten minutes before driving off. By then, however, a number of residents had been made aware of what was going on.

Another resident said: “We don’t want this in our area.

“It is disgusting that someone thinks this is OK. This is not OK, we won’t tolerate our children’s play areas being used like this.

“Donegal people need to know that just because they can’t use our dumps doesn’t mean they can use our parks as dumps instead.”

Derry’s civic recycling centres are free to use however access is prevented to any vehicle with Republic of Ireland registration plates.

Asked had they anything to say to those who were responsible, one resident who asked not to be named said: “We are watching and we’ll be out to stop you the next time. We won’t tolerate you or anyone dumping your dirt in our estate.”

Derry SDLP Councillor, Hugh Hastings, refused to be drawn on the Derry/Donegal dumping debate but said: “Any illegal dumping in our area, in any area is not to be tolerated. The SDLP would advise any resident who witnesses such actions to, in the first instance, ring the PSNI, and secondly Derry City Council.

“Illegal dumping is not only Council’s issue to resolve so people should not be frightened to report it. I would advise anyone who sees this activity should note the licence number of the offending vehicle and then report it immedately.

“The people doing this dumping, no matter where they are from, need to be stopped.”

A spokesperson for Derry City Council explained that an officer inspected the site following reports from the public and arrangements were in put in place to have the offending material lifted later that day. The Council spokesperson said: “In an effort to help it stamp out incidents of indiscriminate dumping, details of alleged incidents and their locations should be reported directly to the Council at 028 71 374107 or email at reportdumping@derrycity.gov.uk.”