Cars and vans are driving to the entrance to the lovely Lakeview estate in Cavan Town and are fly tipping rubbish on the green areas beside the railings.
“They are just opening their vehicle door and emptying it of rubbish. This has been going on for a prolonged period and we have been endeavouring to nab someone in the act,” said Paul Lynch, the chairman of the Lakeview Residents Association.
He claimed that recently one such offender was caught. “An Garda Siochána have been notified and the Litter Warden and they are all looking into it – hopefully there will be a prosecution,” said Paul.
With around half of the residents children, Paul said that they want to make the place “friendly and safe for them”.
The estate recently scooped the accolade for the ‘Best Youth Group’ at the council’s estate awards and second prize for the best large estate in the Cavan area.
“We have worked very hard to attain these awards and there are now a lot of new features in the estate and there has been massive improvement over the past two years. New fences, railings and signage have been put in place,” said Paul.
There are also raised beds, together with a community garden. “There is great teamwork and everyone pulls together. Lakeview was in a bad way three or four years ago. We had no management company and the grass was not being cut and litter was not being picked up and we had no communication with the council,” said Paul with reference to the improvements that have taken place since.
He said that the residents came together and formed a residents group.
“We now have somewhere that we are proud of and we like living in,” said Paul.
He wished all the residents a happy Christmas and thanked them for all their commitment and work during the year.
Zero tolerance to litter
Cavan County Council, meanwhile, confirmed that its litter wardens have proactively engaged with the residents of Lakeview to combat illegal dumping in the estate. It also acknowledged the “great progress” made by residents in improving the estate in recent times. “All complaints of illegal dumping here and across the county are investigated and Cavan County Council will continue to work alongside the Lakeview residents in this regard”, said a spokesperson, emphasising that the maximum fine for littering, on conviction, is now €4,000.