Officials from Wicklow County Council expect that the Department of the Environment would cover the costs of cleaning up the illegal dump at Whitestown.
During a discussion on the 2020 audit report, the issue was brought up at the January meeting.
Vincent Blake (FG), Councillor, noted that the council received substantial grants from the Department of Environment. However, he stated that it was unclear from his audit report if the Department will continue to cover the costs of clean-up.
“We were led to believe that Wicklow County Council would reimburse the department for costs associated with that project. He said.
Breda McCarthy, acting head for finance, stated that the council is working with the Department in an effort to determine the expected costs.
Breege Kilkenny Director ofPlanning and Development andEnvironment Service, stated that the Department had not indicated they would not pay for the clean-up costs. Consultant fees were also paid by the Department. She stated that the council had not heard anything suggesting that the Department would not pay the costs.
Ms Kilkenny said that the council is still waiting for the results from a study to get a better understanding of the costs involved.