Lit­ter louts ru­in­ing our beau­ti­ful county

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I write as a na­tive of Wick­low and some­one who comes home on reg­u­lar ba­sis and cy­cles the moun­tains and some of the lower coun­try­side.

My jour­ney last week­end took me from Knock­ananna to Augha­van­nagh over the hill to Glen­malure, over Slieve­mane through Rath­drum down to Avoca, Wood­en­bridge, Aughrim, Ti­na­hely and back to Knock­ananna – some of the most beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and goes a long way to de­fine us as true Wick­low peo­ple and so very proud of our county.

While cy­cling, one sees far more than the mo­torist, as speed is slower and you ob­serve all around you at slower pace. Some of the neg­a­tive ob­ser­va­tions is the in­crease in ca­sual lit­ter­ing on our moun­tains where you would not ex­pect to find any lit­ter.

Hav­ing passed through Rath­drum and mak­ing my way to Avoca, the lit­ter down the hill to the Meet­ings was a dis­grace.

The one good deed I came across was the brightly coloured re­flec­tive jack­ets of young­sters and adults pick­ing lit­ter along the Avoca road – there must have been around 40 in to­tal. I pulled in and spoke to one of the adults who told me he was scout leader and the young­sters were all scouts.

I men­tioned the bad morn­ing that was in it and con­grat­u­lated them on the great work.

It’s ironic that kids have to pick up after peo­ple who ei­ther do not care for their coun­try­side or are not aware of their poor prac­tices.

The road­way from Wood­en­bridge to Aughrim is an ab­so­lute dis­grace with lit­ter strewn all along the river. Cy­cling through Rath­drum, Aughrim, Ti­na­hely and Knock­ananna was a joy as these places are so clean.

Ask­ing the lo­cal au­thor­ity is not go­ing to work, as they do not have staff I am told.

Wick­low as a county is go­ing to have to be more pro-ac­tive with re­gards lit­ter­ing (and I know great work is been done by vol­un­tary groups). We have our beau­ti­ful moun­tains/val­ley/towns but they need to be main­tained to high stan­dard for all our ben­e­fits and vis­ually en­joy­ment.

Not wish­ing to of­fend any­body here, just want to raise the pro­file of the ap­pear­ance of our county. All the best, Joe Whe­lan,

Askeaton, Co Lim­er­ick.

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