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Greyhound recycling pollution problems persist in Clondalkin- Eoin O’ Broin

17 November, 2015 - by Eoin O'Broin


Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has urged residents and businesses close to the Crag Avenue Greyhound Recycling Plant to complain to the Environmental Protection Agency about ongoing odour pollution and fly problems. The call comes after a survey revealed that 79% of residents said they were experiencing problems and 65% of residents said things were the same or worse than last year. The full details of the Sinn Féin survey are below.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘For years residents in James Connolly Park, Station Road and Close and Palmerstown Woods have been complaining about odour pollution and flies. Businesses in the Crag Avenue Industrial estate have been voicing similar concerns.

‘These problems cause enormous problems for residents and workers impacting on their quality of life, of working environment and possibly their health.

‘For the last three years Sinn Féin has conducted a door to door survey of the three estates to see how badly the area has been affected. 40% of houses completed the survey

‘The key findings included:

·         79% of respondents were experiencing problems with odour and/or flies

·         65% of respondents said things were the same or worse than last year

·         20.5% of respondents had complained to South Dublin County Council

·         13% of respondents had complained to the Environmental Protection Agency

·         68% said they hadn’t complained to any agency

‘It is widely believed by residents and businesses that the cause of the odour pollution and flies is the Greyhound Recycling Plant in Crag Avenue.

‘Earlier this year the Environmental Protection Agency secured a court fine of €23,000 against the Greyhound plant for seven breaches of its licence. This was the second such fine with a fine of €37,000 having been awarded against the company for breaches in 2013.

‘Despite these actions it is clear that the problem remains and further action is required. I have raised the matter directly with the Environmental Protection Agency who has the statutory responsibility for enforcing the terms of the recycling facilities licence.

‘I am also urging all residents and businesses in the area who are experiencing problems to complain directly to the Environmental Protection Agency on 01-268000 or 1850-365121.’ENDS

JCP/SRC/PW Survey Results – July/August 2015

Following on from our survey of odour pollution and flies in James Connolly Park, Station Close/Rd and Palmerstown Woods in 2013 & 2014 Sinn Féin carried out a follow up survey in July/August 2015.

The areas surveyed were James Connolly Park (70 houses) Palmerstown Woods (112 houses) and Station Close/Rd (14 houses).

The response rate for the survey was 40% - 45% in James Connolly Park/Station Rd/Close (36 houses) and 46% in Palmerstown Woods (42 houses).

We asked the respondents four questions.

  1. In the last four weeks have you experienced problems with odour pollution or large volumes of flies?
  2. If so when are you experiencing these problems?
  3. Compared to last summer is the problem much better, better, the same or worse?
  4. Had they ever complained about the problems to South Dublin County Council or the Environmental Agency?

Headline Results

40% of houses completed the survey

79% of respondents were experiencing problems with odour and/or flies

65% of respondents said things were the same or worse than last year

20.5% of respondents had complained to South Dublin County Council

13% of respondents had complained to the Environmental Protection Agency

68% said they hadn’t complained to any agency

The results per estate were as follows:

James Connolly Park/Station Rd&Cl

Having problems:             80.5% (29 respondents)

No problems:                     19.5% (7 respondents)

During day:                         83% (30 respondents)

During night:                      19% (7 respondents)     

Better:                                  36% (13 respondents)

Same:                                    39% (14 respondents)

Worse:                                  9% (25 respondents)

SDCC:                                    17% (6 respondents)

EPA:                                       11% (4 respondents)

No:                                         75% (27 respondents)

Palmerstown Woods

Having problems:             79% (33 respondents)

No problems:                     21% (9 respondents)

During day:                         69% (29 respondents)

During night:                      33% (14 respondents)

Better:                                  33% (14 respondents)

Same:                                    29% (12 respondents)

Worse:                                  38% (16 respondents)  

SDCC:                                    24% (10 respondents)

EPA:                                       14% (6 respondents)

No:                                         62% (26 respondents)

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