People are travelling from Roscrea to Nenagh to dump their rubbish illegally, according to Cllr Seamus Morris, who told Nenagh Municipal District Council that the Dark Road was being hit by illegal dumping.
“Can we find out who they are and punish them?” he asked.
The Sinn Fein councillor also asked if dog owners who are not cleaning up after their dogs foul can be caught using the town’s new CCTV system and prosecuted. He said dog fouling was a huge issue for wheelchair users and parents pushing buggies.
He was supported by Cllr John Carroll who said it was appalling how some people can dump their rubbish on the side of the road. “I still think the fine is too minimal. The penalties should be severe,” said the FF counncillor, who called for mobile CCTV to be used to catch offenders.
However, Cllr Ger Darcy, FG, while welcoming CCTV for Nenagh, said it should be left to the Gardai to see how it could be best used.
Councillors paid tribute to former Nenagh town councillor Tommy Moylan for his work in getting CCTV cameras for the town centre.
Director of services Brian Beck said the council did use cameras at litter blackspots, but there were so many areas that needed to be monitored. Mr Beck said interviews for litter wardens had taken place, with one appointed and the second to start shortly.