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Residents praised for perseverance of “20-year nightmare”

 Residents of Crossmaglen’s Blayney Road have been praised for their perseverance having endured what a local councillor has described as a “twenty year nightmare”.

Sinn Fein councillor Terry Hearty says residents living close to a site that has been a mecca for illegal dumping have shown immense patience but are now demanding action.

The councillor explained: “After more recent dumping incidents, we decided enough is enough and this nightmare had to be ended.  The NIEA (Northern Ireland Environment Agency) have now agreed to clear the front of site and put high fence to stop anyone dumping across it.  The Council have said that they will take responsibility for planting to the front of the fencing.”

The work is expected to be completed by the end of this month and Mr Hearty welcomed this but added “we will only be content when these commitments are honoured”.

Praising those members of the community who worked with him to highlight their concerns and put pressure on the relevant agencies to address the problem, he added, “I must commend and thank local residents for their perseverance and support.  Their anger and frustration with the situation left the NIEA and Council under no illusions that people were fed up and wanted action.”