Alliance South Down MLA, Patrick Brown has called for the Newry, Mourne and Down Council to invest more resources in keeping our towns and surrounding areas clean and tidy. The call came after a continued spate of fly-tipping across the area and the streets of Downpatrick town centre left filthy, with bins overflowing.
Brown said “Fly-tipping and street cleansing are two issues that we simply need more resources invested to tackle and some joined-up thinking.”
“In terms of street cleansing, this is an issue, especially around the Down end of the district that should be better managed. The Council had signed off on a plan to increase resources on street cleansing, however this has not yet translated into delivery on the ground. I have written to the Council to ask when this additional resource will be in place and for an immediate cleanse of Downpatrick town centre.”
“Fly-tipping is an issue across our area and we simply don’t have enough enforcement officers to respond to littering and fly-tipping reports. If it occurs on private land there can be issues around responsibility of the clean up. I have written to the council to find out what efforts they are making to increase staff capacity, and I will also be writing to the Minister for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs asking for an increase in fines for those caught fly-tipping.”