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Coleraine says ‘no’ to fourth Ringsend dump site

28 May, 2008


Coleraine Council has passed a Sinn Féin motion which rules out the possibility of a fourth waste management in the Ringsend area of the Borough.

There has been great controversy over a super-dump for the seven strong North West Group of councils plus three other sites being placed in this small rural community.

Councillor Billy Leonard proposed that Council removes the Letterloan Road site from the list of suitable sites for a Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plant and that the North West Group of Councils takes a similar line on this issue. It was passed by ten votes to eight.

Leonard said:

"This issue is all about fair-play for a community. To ask them to take four waste management sites all within a few miles of each other is too much.

"As Coleraine Council owns the land that could have hosted this MBT plant we were well positioned to make a definitive statement on how we use that land. Given the deep and genuine community concerns I felt we had to say that it can't be used for a fourth waste management operation.

"It was good to see votes of support coming from all the parties in the chamber and the independent councillor. This demonstrates the community approach to this issue. The concerns are those of good people in a vibrant rural community so it was important to take this decision and contribute to the future of the Ringsend community.

"Now the proposal moves to the North West Group itself and I hope that they will recognise the depth of concern and the genuine motivation behind Coleraine's vote." ENDS

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