New IBAL lit­ter sur­vey finds Louth is clean

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THE lat­est sur­vey by busi­ness group Ir­ish Busi­ness Against Lit­ter shows Drogheda and Dun­dalk are both Clean to Euro­pean Norms, but in the bottom half of the rank­ing of 40 towns and cities, in 24th and 29th po­si­tions re­spec­tively.

Na­van slipped 23 places to 34th spot and is ‘mod­er­ately lit­tered’. En­nis, Roscom­mon and last year’s win­ner Kil­dare are vy­ing for the ti­tle of Ire­land’s clean­est town, to be an­nounced by Min­is­ter De­nis Naugh­ten at midday to­day in the Shel­bourne Ho­tel in Dublin*.

The Taisce re­port stated: ‘ A slight slip on the pre­vi­ous sur­vey, but Drogheda is Clean to Euro­pean Norms. There were four top rank­ing sites, with the re­main­der all mod­er­ately lit­tered (i.e. no se­ri­ously lit­tered sites).’

The judges went on to say that the pre­sen­ta­tion of West Street was much im­proved and de­serv­ing of the top lit­ter grade.

How­ever, the re­port noted that all of the ap­proach and link roads were mod­er­ately lit­tered.

‘With a lit­tle ex­tra care and at­ten­tion at the trol­ley bays in Lidl it could get the top lit­ter grade – the pre­vi­ously lit­tered shrub­bery ar­eas have been cleaned up. The Re­cy­cle Fa­cil­ity at Trin­ity Street Car Park had a wide va­ri­ety of lit­ter,’ it stated.

The re­port also noted that: ‘Dun­dalk just man­ages to re­tain ‘Clean’ sta­tus but it is some time since it has chal­lenged for the num­ber one spot in the rank­ings. Some of the top rank­ing sites sur­veyed in­cluded Dun­dalk Gram­mar School, The Re­cy­cle Fa­cil­ity and Clan­bras­sil Street – the southern end of Clan­bras­sil Street looked very well af­ter ex­ten­sive ‘works’ which have taken place, and there was a com­plete ab­sence of lit­ter in the area sur­veyed.

The judges said some of the mod­er­ately lit­tered sites in Dun­dalk could eas­ily get the top lit­ter grade with a lit­tle ex­tra care and at­ten­tion.

These ar­eas in­cluded Dun­dalk Train Sta­tion and Dun­dalk In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

An Taisce sur­veyed 25 towns and 15 city ar­eas on be­half of IBAL. Of these, none was judged to be a lit­ter blackspot, and only one, Galvone in Lim­er­ick, was des­ig­nated as “se­ri­ously lit­tered”. 88% of towns were deemed clean, a slight im­prove­ment on the pre­vi­ous year, with 40% ad­judged to be cleaner than the Euro­pean av­er­age. In con­trast, city ar­eas oc­cu­pied 6 of the bottom 7 places in the rank­ings.

Water­ford was again the coun­try’s clean­est city, while Tal­laght, pre­vi­ously a lit­ter blackspot, climbed to 5th in the rank­ings and was deemed ‘Cleaner than Euro­pean Norms’.

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