Bal­brig­gan and Dublin Air­port clean up say IBAL

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

THERE was good news for Fin­gal in the lat­est round of the Ir­ish Busi­ness Against Lit­ter (IBAL) sur­vey of lit­ter­ing in 40 cho­sen ar­eas around the coun­try with Bal­brig­gan and the area around Dublin Air­port com­ing up ‘cleaner than Euro­pean norms’.

The lat­est IBAL Lit­ter sur­vey, car­ried out by An Taisce on be­half of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, looked at 40 spots in towns and cities across the coun­try, in­clud­ing two in Fin­gal.

Some 80% of the ar­eas sur­veyed were found to be ‘clean’ with 16 ar­eas reach­ing the top tier which were deemed to be ‘cleaner than Euro­pean norms’, in­clud­ing Bal­brig­gan and Dublin Air­port and its en­vi­rons.

In a re­mark­able turn­around, Dublin Air­port and its en­vi­rons which was la­belled a ‘lit­ter black spot’ by the sur­vey five years ago, fin­ished sec­ond in the league ta­ble, this time around mak­ing it one of the clean­est ar­eas sur­veyed by IBAL and An Taisce.

Bal­brig­gan made it into that elite top 16 too, fin­ish­ing in 13th place in the sur­vey. Among the top rank­ing sites, Ardg­illan Cas­tle and Demesne was ex­cep­tional, ac­cord­ing to the judges.

The re­port stated: ‘Not only was it a vast area which was won­der­fully pre­sented and main­tained but there didn’t ap­pear to be any lit­ter what­so­ever and a re­mark­able ab­sence of graf­fiti.

‘Bal­brig­gan Train Sta­tion was very nicely laid out, with a colour­ful mu­ral from an ad­join­ing build­ing and some plant­ing tak­ing place on day of IBAL sur­vey. Lidl and the Busi­ness Park (Harry Reynolds Road) were also ex­cel­lent with re­gard to lit­ter.

‘The main street could be im­proved and the Re­cy­cle Fa­cil­ity at the rear of Su­pervalu was in poor shape – not only was there some dumping but the over­all pre­sen­ta­tion was very poor.’

‘In the 16 years we have been con­duct­ing these sur­veys, this is pos­si­bly our best re­sult,’ said Conor Hor­gan of IBAL.

He added: ‘Across the board we have seen im­prove­ments. The news is all the more pos­i­tive given the im­por­tance of how we present our coun­try over the sum­mer months, when we at­tract over 40% of our vis­i­tors.’

Re­fer­ring to the pos­i­tive re­sult for Dublin Air­port and its en­vi­rons, Mr Hor­gan said: ‘It is also sat­is­fy­ing is the pris­tine state of the roads around Dublin Air­port, which help form a first im­pres­sion for many of these vis­i­tors.’

Ardg­illan Demesne was praised by judges.

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