Saturday, 18th November 2017
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This week following meetings with the Ferrybank Community Development Residents Group, local Councillor Eamon Quinlan has called for immediate action from the Local Authority as well as the Department of

Agriculture to address the concerns of people living and working in Ferrybank in relation to trucks transporting dead and often rotting animal carcasses through

Ferrybank on their way to the rendering facility.

Speaking after the meeting Cllr Quinlan said, “We have a situation, where a heavily built up residential and commercial area is subjected to, not only the constant lingering smell of rotting animals, but have provided pictures of animal remains having falling from trucks during transport. This means that the route often taken by these transport vehicles, past schools, nursing homes, small businesses and houses, but residents of all ages are up close and personal when body parts from dead animals come loose and fall out on the street. The residents have provided an abundance of pictures showing decomposing animal parts lying on the road much to the distress of passer’s by.”

The main point of contention for locals has been the location of the rendering plant and the regulations around the carcass’s transportation. Different classifications are in effect meaning that most trucks are ‘covered’ but not ‘sealed’. This is an important distinction as non-sealed containers are simply open top lorries with a tarp over the top. This of course leads to the emanation of a very pungent and unsavoury odour. Locals have also reported seeing ‘liquids’ seep from the trucks which again causes powerful odours to linger for areas at random points throughout Ferrybank. With ever increasing traffic volumes the impact to the wider community has grown in recent years to many locals deep frustration.

The plant is approved for both Category 1 material and also provides a

‘Fallen Animal Scheme’. Category 1 ABPs are classed as high risk. They include: carcasses and all body parts of animals suspected of being infected with TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathy), BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy), carcasses of wild animals suspected of being infected with a disease that humans or animals could contract, and specified risk material which are body parts that pose a particular disease risk, eg cows’ spinal cords.

Community groups have attempted to engage with the responsible State entities but feel they are being given the run around due to the division of responsibility, for example the EPA having oversight of the facility, Department of Agriculture over the Transportation and the Local Authority’s over the odour.

“This has now, in the opinion of many, become a serious health hazard to locals. Removal of fallen animal carcasses drains Council resources and the very successful

Ferrybank Tidy Towns, for all their good work, are constantly being undermined by having dead animal waste constantly afflicted on the community. The time for words has passed; we need action on this now!

“I am calling for a task force to be created by Waterford Council along with representatives of the EPA, Department of Agriculture along with other stakeholders to carry out several reforms, namely the altering of contracts to insure all transportation occurs in sealed vehicles and the review on the plant’s current location as I believe Ferrybank’s expansion has resulted in the plant being too close to residential areas and has to be moved for the greater good. It is simply lunacy to be cultivating the largest investment in Waterford’s history on the North Quays to provide a picturesque shopping, living and recreational environment only to have it all undermined by the transportation and destruction of dead animals on this development’s doorstep”, said Cllr Quinlan.

The Ferrybank Community Development Residents Group are now putting in place a comprehensive ‘Complaints Procedure’ document which will be extensively promoted to the residents encouraging them to make ‘recordable’ complaints so that a history of the issues can be shown.

“For any residents who wish to raise complaints or pass on any information in relation to this issue I will be holding an open information afternoon at 3pm in Flynn’s on Fountain Street on the 7th October’, said Cllr Quinlan.

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