FLY-TIPPERS have been slammed for showing total disregard for the Fermanagh countryside by creating a dumping ground at a popular walking spot.
Jenkin Forest near Brookeborough is the scene of the latest illegal dumping incident in the county. The rubbish contained empty bottles and cans, black bags of household waste and even a bed frame.
UUP Cllr Victor Warrington was contacted about the eyesore by a constituent who came across the mess while out walking her dog with family members.
Cllr Warrington condemned those responsible: “Jenkin is a popular area with locals who walk and fish because of its numerous lakes and walking tracks. Individuals who think it’s acceptable to use this area and indeed any country area for their disposal of rubbish are disgusting and show total disregard for our beautiful countryside.
While this area might be off the beaten track, this incident is an absolute disgrace and those individuals responsible need to respect and take pride in the area in which they live. Unfortunately Erne East is now the worst area in Fermanagh for fly-tipping and we have seen previous incidents at Spring Grove Forest near Roslea.”
A spokesman for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council told the Herald that the local authority is aware of the problem and arrangements have been made to clear the dumped rubbish as soon as possible.
He added: “However this will involve significant resources due to the extent of the problem. The waste will be carefully inspected in an attempt to identify the source of the rubbish. This activity as well as being illegal and harmful to the environment, requires attention that impacts on Council resources that could be deployed on other activities.
“The Council would reiterate that fly tipping is illegal and is subject to the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice attracting a fine of £75.
Perpetrators who do not respond or fail to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice, will be subject to prosecution and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £2,500.”