Unprecedented levels of illegal dumping were dug up by investigators in a ground-breaking RTE documentary on Monday night.Donegal was revealed to have some of the worst illegal dumping Ireland has ever seen on RTÉ Investigates: Ireland’s Wild Waste.Evidence of massive amounts of buried waste buried was unearthed in Bridgend, Moville and Rossbracken, near Manorcunningham. Featured image shows Moville dumping, credit: RTE Investigates. Almost 200 man-made mounds of material were found near Moville in a facility in large quarry operated by Davey Transport Ltd. under a waste permit from Donegal County Council. Investigators claim they found evidence of abuse across a wide range of waste handling activities. Environmental Director Fergal Mee was left speechless by the footage.When a beauty spot becomes a black spot – illegal dumping in Co Donegal | RTÉ Investigates Ireland’s Wild Waste, RTÉ One 9.35pm pic.twitter.com/bH8K5RDFZa— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 18, 2018Vegetation thinly covered domestic waste on the site, where Davey Transport Ltd.’s planning permission was confined to construction and demolition waste material.However, undercover investigators found more thousands of tonnes of domestic rubbish piled into hundreds of mounds beyond the quarry. Allegedly unauthorised infill of demolition waste was also caught on camera on the banks of the Bredagh River. Donegal County Council responded to all cases explored in last night’s documentary. On the actions of Davey Transport Ltd, the authority said it had sent a warning letter when first alerted of burning waste by the EPA in 2011 and is investigating the infill site by the riverside.Beauty spot turned black spot: RTÉ Investigates uncovers long-term illegal dumping in Donegal | https://t.co/pMfDcWm2JT pic.twitter.com/R7WFLBqAwy— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 18, 2018Reporters turned their attention to local waste offender Jim Ferry. The former Ferrys Refuse operator was labelled as ‘one of the most persistent and significant environmental offenders in the country’.The report explored the impact of the 36,000 tonnes of waste buried on Ferry’s 11 acre site at Rossbracken, and the €720,000 spent by Donegal County Council on the partial removal of waste at the site.The former waste collector, who is filing for bankruptcy, has been ordered to disclose information on his finances before the court next week.Donegal County Council said the Rossbracken site, which is a Special Area of Conservation on the shore of Lough Swilly, was “completely different in scale to anything that had gone before… and it will be pursuing the recovery of the costs involved from the responsible parties.”Fire at Ferry’s Refuse and Recycling plant at Rossbracken, near Letterkenny. August 2017In Bridgend, the documentary alleged of a history of cross-border dumping in a field in Bunnamayne. The RTE report claimed that 50,000 tonnes of waste from Derry were dumped at a site which was due to provide for a €100m North West Data Centre. DCC was strongly criticised by the EPA for their handling of the site, but the authority said they are now working with EPA on the matter.Donegal County Council was found by RTE to be the poorest performing council in Ireland for the inspection rate of its facilities and for investment in waste services. The council was also found to have invested the lowest amount of resources in waste management and regulation. Between 2015 and 2016 Donegal spent €4.20 per person on waste management.Donegal County Council responded to the analysis to say the findings did not reflect all of the authority’s efforts in the area of waste. A council statement said extra funding has been secured to hire extra staff and it remains committed to addressing waste management issues and will continue its efforts to do so.The documentary painted a grim picture of the consequences of illegal dumping for some of Ireland’s most scenic areas in Donegal and other counties, including the Wild Atlantic Way. The full episode can be watched on the RTE Player here: https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/rte-investigates-30003696/10894777/Watch: Dirty waste tactics uncovered in the hills of Donegal was last modified: June 20th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:documentaryireland’s wild wasteRTE Investigates
10. The PloughWhere: LuptonRooms: From £120 per room per night Keen to check out the Lake District but don’t want to be tied to one area? The Plough offers the ideal solution, thanks to its unique location, between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. Although a word of warning – it’s unlikely you’ll want to leave. Book a room here and you’ll enjoy antique furniture, roll-top baths and beautiful decor, including stunning paintings of local birdlife. The hotel’s restaurant is one of the many highlights. Our recommendation? The wildflower salad with crispy pork shoulder. 7.The Sun InnWhere: Newton ReignyRooms: From £45 per room per night If you’re keen to base yourself in one of the Lake District’s towns, the Sun Inn is a fantastic option. Owned and run by local couple Jenny and Iain Black, the hotel can be found in the centre of Kirkby Lonsdale, a beautiful market town on the border of three counties: North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. There are 11 spacious bedrooms and a beautiful bar area, complete with roaring log fire. It’s another popular option for foodies – the breakfasts are legendary (the property recently received the AA’s sought after Breakfast Award) and the regular wine tasting sessions are popular with both guests and locals. 1. The Gilpin HotelWhere: WindermereRooms: From £325 per night Regarded as one of the UK’s best spa hotels, The Gilpin is one of the most luxurious places to stay in the Lake District. The main house (a beautiful Georgian affair) contains 14 bedrooms, while six wonderfully cosy garden suites can be found in a separate annexe. Fancy splashing out? Book one of the five spa lodges for some truly indulgent lakeside luxury. And if you’re looking for hotels near Lake Windermere, you’re in luck. The property, which is a certified Relaix and Chateaux hotel, is ideally located – it’s just a short walk from this beautiful expanse of water. 2. The Leathes HeadWhere: BorrowdaleRooms: £177 per night Nestled in the unspoilt wilds of Borrowdale Valley, The Leathes Head is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. A popular base for visitors embarking on activity holidays in the Lake District, the hotel is within walking distance of the Lake District’s best walking trails and watersports centres, and the views are unbeatable – simply step into the gardens for beautiful views over the valley to Keswick. The food’s pretty good too – the hotel’s restaurant has two AA rosettes and there’s a real focus on local, organic cuisine. 8.Storrs HallWhere: WindermereRooms: From £542 per room per night Fancy playing Lord (or Lady) of the manor? This property’s for you. 17 acres of manicured gardens surround this Lake District hotel, which dates back to the eighteenth century. And you’ll be in good company – previous guests include Robert Southey and William Wordsworth, who once recited his famous Daffodils poem in the drawing room. The majority of the rooms comes with breaktaking views: of castles, forests and snow-capped peaks, and the hotel provides guests with list of activities for both sunny and rainy days. There are 30 rooms, but those with a weak spot for the finer things in life should consider the two-person Boathouse, which has a hot tub, steam room, private terrace and fire pit.9.Lyth ValleyWhere: KendallRooms: From £135 per nightA traditional country inn, Lyth Valley feels like a home from home. Rooms are individually furnished but they all have a wow factor, whether it’s the luxurious, hand-tufted rugs, beautiful Laura Ashley furnishings or super cool Cowshed toiletries. All have been named after local animals – a reminder that this particular property is ideal for wildlife fans. Although it’s just a 15-minute drive from Kendall, its position, tucked between the limestone peaks of Scout Scar and Whitbarrow Scar, make it feel truly remote. Looking for more UK city break inspiration? 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It’s just metres from the water’s edge, and has one of the Lake District’s best spas – a fragrant Aveda-owned retreat where you can sign up for a huge range of treatments. There are 75 bedrooms including several family suites, but whichever room type you opt for, luxury abounds: think bathrooms carved from Italian marble, wet room-style showers and Hungarian goose down duvets. We’re getting sleepy just thinking about it…. 4. Applegarth VillaWhere: WindermereRooms: From £140 per room per nightApplegarth Villa is one of the best five-star hotels in the Lake District. Step inside this beautifully designed property and you’ll discover 15 stunning bedrooms, seven suites (all with hot tubs) and an award-winning restaurant. Our favourite hangout is the sun terrace, but if the mercury plummets, head inside to the cosy bar, which has an extensive selection of real ales and fine wines. Travelling with Fido in tow? It’s one of the best dog-friendly hotels in the Lake District, with a number of rooms designed for guests with canine companions. 3. Beech Hill Hotel and SpaWhere: Windermere Rooms: From £169 per room per night Perched on the banks of Lake Windermere, this large hotel has a gorgeous spa (our favourite bit is the outdoor vitality pool) and sprawling, flower-filled gardens. Most of the 57 bedrooms have balconies, although if you’re splashing the cash, we recommend booking the Wordsworth Suite, with its seven-foot-long antique bed, roll-top bath and fantastic views over Lake Windermere. 5. Cottage in the WoodWhere: KeswickRooms: From £120 per room per night This impossibly cosy Lake District hotel has five AA stars and is famous for its food. Head to the restaurant for the finest local cuisine – we recommend the shellfish, plucked from nearby Whitehaven harbour. You’ll be able to choose from garden or mountain view rooms, but whichever you opt for, you’ll be soothed to the land of nod by a soundtrack of birds and a babbling brook – a small stream runs through the gardens of this seventeeth-century property. The hotel is ideally located, close to the historic market town of Keswick and several of the area’s most beautiful lakes, including Bassenthwaite, Derwentwater, Buttermere, Crummock water and Loweswater.