Bray lead­ing the way in lit­ter league ta­ble



BRAY RE­MAINS the only town in the county fly­ing the flag for Wicklow in the IBAL (Ir­ish Busi­ness Against Lit­ter ) sur­vey.

On Mon­day, the fi­nal round of the 2012 sur­vey was an­nounced with Bray coming in 19th place.

Bray, which was the over­all win­ner in 2009, was one of 22 towns out of 42 to be classed as ‘Cleaner than Euro­pean Norms’, with a fur­ther 13 classed as ‘Clean to Euro­pean Norms'.

Kilkenny was named over­all win­ner of the league at the cer­e­mony in the Con­rad Ho­tel in Dublin.

The report on Bray by An Taisce, who is charged with con­duct­ing the sur­veys, stated ‘over half of the sites sur­veyed got the top lit­ter grade with the re­main­der mod­er­ately lit­tered – there were no bad sites in Bray.

‘ The DART Sta­tion would have cre­ated a very pos­i­tive first im­pres­sion for any­body ar­riv­ing by train with plenty of vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion no­tices out­side the sta­tion.

‘ The Prom­e­nade has con­sis­tently been a top rank­ing site – things were no dif­fer­ent this time around. Two of the ap­proach roads were in good or­der but Up­per Dar­gle Road and Old Con­naught Av­enue were both mod­er­ately lit­tered.’

Dr Tom Cavanagh, Chair­man of IBAL, said, ‘ This is a won­der­ful re­sult. Ten years ago, when mea­sur­ing started, no town/city in Ire­land was deemed to have reached this stan­dard. Now there are 22. Here's hop­ing you will main­tain this stan­dard in 2013, the year of The Gath­er­ing.’

Maynooth, Car­low and Dun­dalk were the only towns to fall short of lit­ter-free sta­tus in the sur­vey. For the first time since IBAL started the league in 2002, there were no towns in the ‘ lit­tered' or ‘se­ri­ously lit­tered' cat­e­gories.

Bray con­tin­ues to score highly on the IBAL re­ports – the prom­e­nade was com­mended for be­ing clean to Euro­pean norms.

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