LET­TERS to the ed­i­tor

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Dear Ed­i­tor,

I AM orig­i­nally from Bray in County Wicklow but I have been liv­ing in Dun­gar­van, County Water­ford for the past 7 years.

As a re­cent re­turnee to the sport of cy­cling I am have been en­joy­ing trav­el­ling around my adopted county of Water­ford on my bike on week­end cy­cles.

The county has a stun­ning coast­line with some spec­tac­u­lar spots such as An Rinn, Ard­more, Srad­bally in the west of the county and I have also been as far down as Boat­strand and Tramore to the east of the Water­ford.

On my vis­its home to Bray ev­ery few week­ends, I have also been re­dis­cov­er­ing some of the old routes that my­self and my friends used to take around the County of Wicklow.

I have been up The Su­gar­loaf again and all the way down to Glen­dalough, I have been up through En­niskerry and fur­ther up to Glen­cree and on to the Ger­man War Ceme­tery and then back through the Sally Gap.

This whole area and specif­i­cally the views and scenery here are quite sim­ply stun­ning and make me very proud of my na­tive county.

Un­for­tu­nately on my drives back up to Bray I have con­sis­tently no­ticed a mas­sive amount of lit­ter on the N11 all the way through the en­tire length of the county.

On St.Stephen's Day I cy­cled down from Bray to Ash­ford and I was in fact pleas­antly sur­prised as most of the lit­ter on the south­bound side of the N11 seems to be gone now. On my re­turn leg, on the north­bound side of the road, it was a dif­fer­ent story as the road­side is heav­ily lit­tered and for mile af­ter mile County Wicklow is ba­si­cally an open-plan rub­bish tip.

You can not travel more than a few feet be­fore en­coun­ter­ing beer cans, pizza boxes, plas­tic bags and ev­ery other piece of rub­bish you can pos­si­bly imag­ine. Surely I am not the first per­son to no­tice this?

The M11 / N11 spans the en­tire length of our county and un­less Wicklow County Coun­cil have a sur­prise mar­ket­ing strat­egy in place on pro­mot­ing the fact that the county's main road is the most lit­tered road in the whole of Ire­land, then I see no ben­e­fit what­so­ever in leav­ing the road in such a state.

It's ob­vi­ous that the road­side has not been cleared for years and as some­one who reg­u­larly trav­els the length and breath of the coun­try with my job I was gen­uinely shocked at the lev­els of lit­ter I saw. I know that the real is­sue here is the fact that a mi­nor­ity of peo­ple think that it is ac­cept­able to throw rub­bish from their cars and spoil the place for the rest of us, but the fact re­mains that the lit­ter is not go­ing to sud­denly dis­ap­pear it­self. With the in­flux of thou­sands of new tourists into the county in 2013 and with The Gath­er­ing fes­ti­val in full flow, I think that Wicklow County Coun­cil will need to act very fast if Wicklow is not to be­come com­monly know as some­thing other than ' The

Garden of Ire­land'.

Cathal O'Hare Dun­gar­van, County Water­ford

Lit­ter on the N11 north­bound at Glen of the Downs.

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