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No waste dump in St Anne's Park

5 August, 2004


Sinn Féin Councillor Larry O'Toole has called on Dublin City Council Manager John Fitzgerald to reconsider his plan to install an industrial waste depot in St Anne's Park on Dublin's north side. Cllr. O'Toole said: "Dublin needs effective, environmentally friendly waste disposal depots, in suitable places. Industrial waste depots in public parks, which are used for, among other things, children playing, are not an option."

Cllr O'Toole said:

"The original plans proposed for St Anne's Park included a green waste facility, which we in Sinn Féin would have supported. However, the City Manager is now seeking planning permission to build a hazardous waste depot in the park, which is completely unacceptable. The park would receive white goods, scrap metal, building rubble and hazardous waste from 8.30 in the morning until 8.00 at night. The Bioaerosol emissions which would be omitted from such a facility would pose a direct threat to the health of surrounding residents and park users and Dublin City Council has medical opinions to this effect.

"St Anne's Park is a much used amenity on Dublin‚s north side, which has lost more and more of its green space over the years. My fear would be, if the City Manager is allowed to build a waste depot on this park, it will ruin it for Dubliners, and even more worrying, will set a precedent for other city managers throughout the country to seek permission for waste depots in even more parks.

"I am calling on John Fitzgerald to reconsider his plan for the park. Dublin needs effective, environmentally friendly waste disposal depots, in suitable places. Industrial waste depots in public parks, which are used for, among other things, children playing, are not an option."ENDS

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