Balbriggan and Dublin Airport clean up say IBAL
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.