MP presses Board to help tackle illegal dumping

NORTH Belfast MP Nigel Dodds has called on the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) to help stop illegal dumping in Rathfern by clearing up an area of land it owns within the estate.

The DUP Deputy Leader met with NEELB officials at the Knockenagh Walk site last week after he was contacted by local residents complaining about people fly-tipping rubbish in the area.

Pensioner Maisie McCormack has lived in Knockenagh Walk for the past 38 years. She and her neighbours are fed up with people dumping rubbish out the front of their houses.

Over the past couple of years people have dumped bags of household rubbish, old furniture, unwanted electrical goods and even a garden shed in the field.

"The place is an absolute mess, it's just not fair. It's like a dump in front of my house and they (the NEELB) won't do anything about it," she told the Times.

"In other green areas of the estate the grass gets cut regularly, but that piece of land hasn't been cut for five years. And because the grass isn't getting cut and it looks like a jungle people are just coming along and dumping their rubbish in the long grass."

Mrs McCormack said that over the past few years she has complained to the NEELB on several occasions without any success.

Following his on-site meeting with NEELB managers George Wylie, Head of Property Services, and Tom Lyle, Property & Vehicles Services Officer, on Friday (December 10), Mr Dodds commented: "I have been seeking a resolution to this matter on behalf of residents exasperated that this land has been left uncut for years and has become a site for illegal dumping."

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