Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has pleaded with those involved in fly-tipping across the area to respect their area and the local community and stop destroying their areas with rubbish and waste. The representative also commended Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council for their actions in tackling this issue. Carla Lockhart was speaking after a walkabout with Council officers in Portadown to highlight areas frequently used by those fly-tipping.
Carla Lockhart said:
“On a regular basis my office receives calls or emails from people across Upper Bann, to report instances of fly-tipping. All sorts of waste are left at roadside locations, in alleyways, playing fields, and other places across this constituency. This really is a blight on communities and can take away from the pride of many communities, and the work of volunteers, who keep communities clean.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council workers spend a lot of time tackling this issue and keeping our area clean, and it is an added burden to the teams to tackle fly-tipping. As we walked around Portadown we witnessed the impact of fly-tipping, and even caught one person red-handed dumping a sofa. It is a selfish act, and I would appeal for those who engage in it to cease and join with the vast majority of people in the community to keep the area clean.
Enforcement against those caught is vital and I know Council are committed to tackling this matter. My message is clear- use Council recycling centres, not public space, to dispose of waste. Let’s all take a pride in this lovely part of the world.”