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Disgust after more rubbish dumped by river at Armagh city beauty spot

Scott Armstrong in the Folly Glen

For the second time in under six months a swathe of domestic rubbish has been dumped on the banks of the Folly River in Armagh city.

The nature walk in the Folly Glen is once again a dumping ground for bags of waste; this time, about six bags – and again, identifiable by its contents.

Armagh councillor, Scott Armstrong, has condemned the incident.

“During the week, the contents of bins were wheeled from the neighbouring housing estate and dumped in the Folly,” he explained.

“This is the second time in four months that illegal dumping has took place in the Folly.

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Councillor Armstrong visited the site of the dumping on Thursday morning.

He added: “The people who dumped the contents of their home into the Folly are destroying our beautiful walk. You are affecting our local wildlife. This area is frequented by children, dog walkers and the general public and your acts are destroying the Folly.

“Since I was elected I have been working with Council and the local community group to improve and upgrade the Folly. At the moment Council officials are working to see what we can do. This walk is beautiful and since the Covid pandemic, more and more people are using it, so we need to keep it tidy for our local wildlife to flourish and for people to enjoy.”

After speaking with local residents and representatives from Friends of the Folly, Councillor Armstrong noted a growing frustration within the community.

“Some local residents have told me ‘we are fed up’, ‘it’s the same people doing it over and over again’ and ‘what are council doing about this’ and I have assured them that Council are dealing with the issues as best they can.

“In liaising with Council officials they have stated to me that if anybody has information or CCTV footage of people dumping to contact Council immediately.”

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