Call for information on illegal dumpers

A council worker removing some of the rubbish from the gates of the Pennyburn site.
A council worker removing some of the rubbish from the gates of the Pennyburn site.

There can be no excuse for illegal dumping at local amenity sites, the chairperson of Derry City Council’s Environmental Services Committee has warned.

Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly repeated calls for anyone who had information about the illegal dumping outside the Pennyburn Amenity site over Christmas to pass it on.

He spoke out after the ‘Journal’ highlighted how council staff were forced to remove tonnes of rubbish dumped there during Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day- the only two days the site was closed.

Addressing the committee, Colr. Kelly said: “I want to thank the council staff who worked over the Christmas and New Year period. It was disappointing to see people still dumping tonnes of rubbish at the gates of amenity sites.

“This is type of behaviour is unacceptable and there can be no excuse for it, especially in this day and age.

“We are hoping for a robust response from anyone who knows anything about this and those involved.”

His party colleague, Colr., Tony Hassan meanwhile also commended the way council staff handled events over the Christmas period.

“Other than the illegal dumpers, the service was brilliant, the refuse collectors were brilliant and local people did what they were asked to do,” Colr. Hassan said, adding: “It should be relayed back to the workers who worked over that period that they did a great job.”

Many of those who arrived at the scene to dispose of their rubbish legally following the short closure of the amenity sites expressed outrage and anger that people could not wait two days until the amenity site reopened. There was also a backlash online against the perpetrators.