THE prospect of the Kerdiffstown dump site coming into public ownership has been floated.
A massive clean up operation is underway at the site outside Naas. This is set to cost in the region of €50m and will take at least another four years to complete.
Once it’s completed, the site should be put to local use, said Cllr. Seamie Moore, who said the Minister for the Environment should acquire the land through a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) “for future local uses”.
He was less than happy with a Kildare County Council response which was not enthusiastic about the idea. The council said it is in regular contact with the EPA and because the clean up operation will take some time it is “premature” to pursue a compulsory purchase order.
Cllr. Moore told a recent county council area meeting it is important to ensure that the site is not handed back to the company which operated the dump – which is in financial difficulty - or to a receiver.
Naas Town Manager Eamonn O’Sullivan repeated that because the EPA clean up will take “some years” and also because of the scale of the project it is too soon to talk about buying it.