Fisherman fumes over lough litter

FLY-TIPPING is once again posing serious problems with locations like Enniskillen’s Racecourse Lough and Ballydoolagh, near Garvary, among the worst affected
Items such as clothes, toys, shoes and household rubbish can be seen littered around the Lough, particularly in Enniskillen and surrounding areas.
One local man Michael Mallon, who has a keen interest in fishing, highlighted the issue to the Herald.
He said, “I am totally disgusted to see the mess created around the Racecourse Lough. The pier is damaged and panels broke and no wire on to prevent slipping. There isn’t even a bin around the area to put rubbish in.”
A spokesman for the Council told the Herald, “Racecourse Lough path and the fishing stands has been maintained in the past by the Council under formal agreement between Enniskillen Omniplex and the Erne and Melvin Enhancement Company Ltd. This formal agreement is now expired and is currently under review.
The paths and fishing stands require significant work to bring them to a suitable acceptable standard and to assist with this, a structural survey of the timber fishing stands is currently being undertaken to establish the extent and cost of the works.
“In the meantime a litter pick will be undertaken to improve the visual appearance of the area,” he added.
Michael also visited an area in Ballydoolagh which is badly impacted by flytipping and is now considering setting up a voluntary clean-up of the areas effected.
“Ballydoolagh used to be quite a popular area for fishing but again it’s became very poor due to the state the area is in. I think people are actually driving up in their cars to this area and dumping their unwanted household items over the hedge.
“There are numerous amounts of charities throughout Enniskillen that are crying out for items like this. I intend on setting up a voluntary clean-up of the areas and will be asking anyone who has some spare time to come along,” said Michael.

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