A farmer in Co. Cork has admitted to being on the verge of quitting farming altogether, due to the stress and damage caused by joyriders and illegal dumping on the land he is renting, as reported in the Evening Echo.
Farmer, Dan Forrest, is renting the lands in Boreen, both on the East and West side near Cork city. The farmer said that there were in excess of 30 cars and bikes burnt out on his lands in the last few years.
“It is frustrating, it’s a nightmare. They rammed the gates and broke the locks.”, the farmer told the Evening Echo.
“They got into the field and drove the cars around for a couple of hours and then burnt them out. There is a pile of scramblers flying around the place too, into the fields and we are constantly on to the guards...It is a danger to the pedestrians and there is a pile of dumping on the lane as well.”, he continued.
Some of the illegal dumping and burning, with silage lands pictured in the background.
The farmer went onto describe a recent experience when he was mowing one of his fields in preparation for silage when disaster struck. The farmer said his mower broke down mid-job, as it ran over a burnt-out motorbike which had been hidden in the grass.
“It is an extra job and you are on tenterhooks the whole time.”, he noted.
Mr Forrest said he no other option, but to go to a great expense to secure the lands.
“I had to put double shooting bolts on the gate and a weight in front of the gate, so they couldn’t ram the gate again. A lot of expense has gone into securing the land. It is very annoying.”, he said.
The incidents of joyriding and illegal dumping have been reported to Gardaí, who are now considering closing off Nash’s Boreen on the city’s northside in a bid to prevent these illegal activities. Inspector Gary McPolin noted a number of reports of rubbish dumped illegally, youths joyriding on scramblers on narrow roads and others wrecking fields and burning out vehicles. Mr. Polin said Gardaí were assessing their options on how to deal with the incidents and prevent them in future.
“Since the road has opened it has become very dangerous for pedestrians and road users.’, he said.
“We will have to revisit possibly closing it again. It has become very dangerous and used by people partaking in antisocial behaviour. We will be talking to city and county council about closing the road again,” he added.
All Pictures by Eddie O'Hare.