Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

BRAY is once again ‘clean to Euro­pean norms’ ac­cord­ing to the fi­nal lit­ter sur­vey of 2018 by busi­ness group Ir­ish Busi­ness Against Lit­ter.

Bray is in the 27th spot in the rank­ing of 40 towns and cities.

‘Bray has con­sis­tently re­tained its clean sta­tus with­out be­ing able to elim­i­nate cer­tain heav­ily lit­tered sites,’ ac­cord­ing to An Taisce, who carry out the sur­veys on be­half of IBAL.

The Main Street, Bray Civic Cen­tre and Bray Prom­e­nade were all top rank­ing sites – they were not just good with re­gard to lit­ter but were also very well pre­sented and main­tained.

Lit­ter prob­lems per­sist at cer­tain spots along Up­per Dar­gle Road – this has been a prob­lem site for a long num­ber of years. An­other heav­ily lit­tered site was a miscellaneous build­ing/site across from Bray DART Sta­tion – there were per­sis­tent lit­ter prob­lems, loose food re­lated lit­ter, through­out this site.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been made to Wick­low County Coun­cil to de­velop that site.

The judge noted the Peo­ple’s Park has been en­hanced with new seat­ing while also be­ing ex­cel­lent with re­gard to lit­ter.

At the Up­per Dar­gle Road area, there were loose items of food re­lated lit­ter on the path and road but it was the iso­lated pock­ets of lit­ter which were re­spon­si­ble for the over­all lit­ter grade. All of these ar­eas were on the left hand side as one comes in to Bray, not al­ways vis­i­ble to pass­ing cars.

One of these ar­eas wasn’t just ca­su­ally lit­tered but sub­ject to dump­ing, in­clud­ing a mat­tress, chil­dren’s play pen and other house­hold items.

The re­cy­cling cen­tre site was praised, hav­ing been a lit­tered site for pre­vi­ous IBAL sur­veys. ‘ The com­mu­nity gar­den is clearly a much cared for en­vi­ron­ment,’ said the judge.

The Main Street in Bray was very clean through­out the en­tire length. ‘ For a main street it was ex­cep­tion­ally clean,’ said the judge. The paving was par­tic­u­larly fresh in ap­pear­ance. Seat­ing, bins, sig­nage etc. were all in very good or­der.

The civic plaza was pris­tine, very well main­tained, and there was a com­plete ab­sence of lit­ter through­out.

Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment Richard Bru­ton, will present the awards at a cer­e­mony on Mon­day, crown­ing Fer­moy as the clean­est town among those ranked ac­cord­ing to lit­ter lev­els in 2018, with Water­ford City again Ire­land’s clean­est city.

The clean seafront was in­cluded in the re­port,

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