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COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

South Dublin County Council Crest

MEETING OF LUCAN AREA COMMITTEE

Monday, February 23, 2015

MOTION NO. 1

MOTION: Councillor L. O’Toole

“That this council recognises the work to date carried out by our parks department and to ask the Chief Executive to look at installing litter bins within Griffeen Park adjacent to the Newcastle Road as there is currently none within this park or area. Noting that this park has a very high footfall and is used everyday by a number of sport clubs.”

REPORT:

Parks are not generators of litter. Visitors to parks are encouraged to adopt the “Leave No Trace” approach whereby any litter that is brought into a park should also be removed when leaving the park. To assist with this clubs are requested to leave the pitch and pitch surrounds free of litter after matches/training and this is included in the conditions under which pitches are allocated.

The Council has to date limited the installation of bins in parks which do not have a continuous staff presence. It is the Council’s experience that where bins have been provided in the past they tend to act as a focal point for gatherings. In these circumstances, the bins are often subjected to persistent vandalism which results in the removal of the bin.

Given the high concentration of clubs using the car park at the Newcastle Road entrance a new bin will be installed in the vicinity of the park sign on a trial basis. The use of the bin will be monitored closely and it will be retained subject to it not being vandalised or used for the disposal of domestic waste.