Cleaning blitz to restore Annagh

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A ‘one-off amnesty clean-up’ is taking place in the Annagh today (Saturday), as council staff embark on a blitz of the area.

The clean-up follows a barrage of complaints from residents about dumping and anti-social behaviour, which prompted a series of meetings and calls for action.

Skips will be provided from 9am-2pm so that residents only can dispose of household waste and bulky items.

Items which cannot be accepted include white goods, asbestos, plaster board, tyres, gas cylinders, electrical goods and animal carcasses. The skips will be monitored.

A regular handcart clean-up service is also being introduced in the Annagh, as well as Rectory, Brownstown and Corcrain, from Monday to help maintain the cleanliness.

The Annagh will be cleaned twice a week and the other areas once a week.

A council spokesman said landlords and letting agents have also been contacted to remind them of their duty to provide bins for their tenants and have been given information on which bins can be used for different items.

Chairman of the environmental services committee Alderman Robert Smith said, “We’ve also done a few other things to help, such as putting stickers on the bins to remind residents what goes where and we have spent time educating residents in their own language.

“This is a work in progress, and we hope that when residents see the area restored to its former glory they will be keen to keep it that way.”

Cllr Jonathan Buckley and his colleague Sydney Anderson MLA said, “We have met with council officials regarding problems within the Annagh area over recent months and we now welcome that the ABC Council are committing resources to cleaning up the area.

“We hope that residents see the benefit of this. We believe it is now imperative that the situation continues to be monitored in the weeks ahead to ensure that the condition of the area is not allowed to deteriorate to this state in future.”

Since residents first vented their frustration and anger, there have also been a number of drugs raids in the area.

Meanwhile. the next meeting of the Annagh Residents’ Forum will take place on Tuesday, November 1 at 7pm in Presentation Primary School..