We are rolling up to the first anniversary of this blog; a place that has become a collection of thoughts and musings for me over the last year. I have always tried to keep the space light-hearted and relatable to anyone who may stumble across it. This post, unfortunately, is going to change all that because yesterday I got angry. Angrier than I have been in a very long time. The kind of seething anger that you feel bubble into your fingertips. This kind of anger is complicated because it is pointless and impotent. I am frustrated by my lack of ability to change the situation and appalled at the apathy and inertia from the very people who COULD make a change.
You see, I live in a bungalow on snaking back lane in Meath. It’s quiet. It’s rural. The cows sometimes keep me awake at night, but other than that it’s gloriously peaceful. I have lived here since I was 12, and I have always known it to be a safe place; until the last year or so. That’s no longer the case.
This lane has become a magnet for illegal dumping, and frankly, we are sick of it. This post isn’t going to be long; hopefully you don’t need me to ramble on at you about why it’s not nice to have someone’s household waste, rotting food, old bathrooms, mattresses or car parts etc. slowly decomposing within a 2km radius of your home. Hopefully that’s just a no-brainer to you.
Safety & Security
Aside from the obvious unsightliness and potential pollution to environment and wildlife, I am no longer feel safe to walk my dog on the lane for fear that I interrupt some dumping taking place. I don’t want to be alone faced with the kind of person who does this. It has happened, and I will tell you that it’s not nice. Thankfully I was with my 6ft4″ husband, but even he didn’t want to take on this individual. “Keep driving. Keep the head down. There’s nothing we can do”. That’s a horrible feeling.
Meath County Council
I am looking directly at you Meath County Council, square in the eyes. You are aware of this issue, it has been reported to you by email and phone from multiple people on multiple occasions. You know what we face on an almost weekly basis with the contents of white vans being deposited in our waters and our roadways. You were made aware of the crates of rotting carcasses that were dumped in the ditches; creating a biohazard for wildlife, pets and people. There the meat sits. Rotting. You have done nothing to support us. You allow our children and pets to remain exposed to pollution; you turn a blind eye and disregard the growing issue. It’s not your issue yet. Sure, it’s only a few people down a laneway. It’s only 2km of road. How bad could it be?
It’s bad. It’s worse than any of us has ever seen it. And we are now saying that we are mad as hell, and we aren’t gonna take this any more.
Welcome to Meath. Where no one will stop you dumping.
CCTV is the only solution here. The removal of rubbish is not working. Meath CoCo have been ineffective in this action, and we have given them a chance. Prevention through dissuasion is the only answer now. CCTV must, unfortunately, be placed in the problem areas without further delay before one of us is beaten up on a walk, one of our pets is killed or injured or before the rat issue in the area becomes any worse.
The clock is ticking…
We are not alone. Please comment below.
This issue is not unique to our stretch of road. Please lend your voice to this conversation. If you and your area is a victim to this kind of behaviour, please share your story. Name and shame your County Council. Call on your local Councilor. Our voices won’t be ignored if we stand together.