Derryclure landfill closure fears

FEARS have been expressed over the future of Derryclure landfill with news that it may close by the end of the year.

FEARS have been expressed over the future of Derryclure landfill with news that it may close by the end of the year.

Director of Services Sean Murray said that Offaly County Council will make an announcement regarding the future of the facility next Monday. He would not be drawn any futher on the issue.

Tullamore Area Chairperson Cllr Sinead Dooley has criticised Offaly County Council for their failure in communicating with their elected members on issues of importance in their communities. She claims that twice in the past couple of weeks issues were brought to her attention by the general public and which were not brought to her attention by the council.

“It is not good enough that I heard through the grapevine yesterday that Derryclure Landfill site is to close at the end of the year. This is something which will have a knock-on effect on every household in the area.”

Cllr Dooley continued, “When I contacted the council I was informed that the matter would be raised at our next council meeting but it was confirmed to me that there are serious concerns around the future of Derryclure landfill and that is “quite possible” that it will close at the year end as the council do not have the require funding to upgrade it further.”

Cllr Dooley said that it is impossible for elected members to represent their constituents properly if they are only being fed information on a drip feed basis by the council. “I have always worked well with officials over the years as we are all doing our best to serve our communities, but in order to provide the best possible service to our community we must have all the relevant information. I am absolutely furious that no contact was made with councillors to brief us on the situation before it got into the public domain.

“We should have a more open and transparent system where everybody is informed of decisions which will impact on their day to day lives. We owe that to the public, they expect to be informed of decisions by their local councillors and we need that to happen from now on,” concluded Cllr Dooley.