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Leonard slams Ulster Unionist U-turn on Ringsend dumps

3 December, 2008


Sinn Féin councillor Billy Leonard has heavily criticised the Ulster Unionists for attempting to go back on a May 2008 decision that Council land at Letterloan Road should not be used for a waste management site.

This is one of the four sites in the Ringsend area that has caused controversy and against which residents have demonstrated.

Councillor Robert McPherson proposed that Coleraine Council should notify the North West Waste Management Group that the site could be available to them despite a recommendation to the contrary form the Director of Technical Services, Desi Wreath.

His UU party colleague, William King, seconded the proposal which was eventually defeated by nine votes to seven.

Cllr Leonard said:

"This was a senseless move and had Councillor McPherson been successful it would have sent completely the wrong message to the beleaguered community around Ringsend. It would have been a very stupid U-turn only six months after the original decision.

"I proposed the May motion not to have a facility at the Letterloan Road site and was disgusted when I heard Councillor McPherson make his proposal. Thankfully enough members from various parties and our Independent Councillor stuck to their principled support and voted against.

"However, even though we won the vote this debacle shows how fickle some of the so-called support voiced at public meetings was. I know that members of the community are fed up with empty rhetoric and photo-calls without any substance." ENDS

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