Call For Council To Do More To Curb Litter And Anti-Social Behaviour Problems In Fenit

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Cllr Deirdre Ferris.

A SINN Fein Councillor has asked Kerry County Council to introduce a programme of measures to curb littering and anti-social behaviour in Fenit.

Cllr Deirdre Ferris made the call at Tralee Municipal District meeting on Monday, following complaints from constituents in Fenit area over issues of deliberate littering and anti-social behaviour around the beach.

She asked for the establishment of a community driven anti-litter programme for the area, which would include increased signage asking to keep Fenit Litter Free, requesting beach users to take their rubbish home with them, providing recycling bins at the beach car park, warning signs indicating the fines for littering, contact numbers for people to report individuals for littering and increased visits by the litter warden.

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Cllr Ferris said they need to tackle these issues in coastal areas or the Blue Flag status and European Habitats Directive status could be in danger and funding lost at a time when tourism is so important to these areas. She said there should be a campaign enacted with locals about reporting anti-social behaviour to gardaí.

In reply, the Council said they have worked with the local community in Fenit for many years in addressing issues relating to littering and illegal dumping.

The council’s Litter Warden/Dog Warden regularly visits and patrols the area including the beach and this will now be enhanced by the MD Enforcement Officer.

They said they would discuss any proposals that they have regarding any ongoing littering issues and suggestions they have regarding same and that anti-social behaviour issues are a matter for the Gardaí to follow up on.

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