Drogheda rises again in the ranks of Ireland’s cleanest towns
DROGHEDA is in the top 10 cleanest towns in Ireland, according to the latest litter rankings.
According to the final IBAL litter survey of 2018 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), Drogheda joins Dundalk and Navan as towns which are all ‘ Cleaner than European Norms’ and all lie inside the top 10 in the ranking of 40 town and cities.
The Drogheda report pointed out a further improvement for Drogheda last year, well inside the top ten in the IBAL table.
“All the approach roads to the town got the top litter grade, creating a positive first impression of the town,” stated the report. “Other top-ranking sites of note were Old Abbey Lane and West Street – the latter’s paving and streetscape were particularly good. Both of these environments presented well and were clear of litter. There were no heavily littered sites”.
Commenting on the report, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton said that combating litter is part of a much wider challenge.
“Litter is a very tangible, visible example of the kind of damage that is being done” he added. “It is vital that communities, businesses and local authorities in towns all across Ireland, work together to manage waste properly and reduce litter.
“I hope the recognition these awards provide spur others on to come together to make changes in their local areas.”
Just under 90% of towns surveyed were deemed clean, a slight improvement on the previous year, with Athlone and Killarney finishing just behind Fermoy. While Galway City registered its best result in years, almost half of city areas were littered, among them Ballybane in Galway and Dublin’s North Inner City, which were both ‘seriously littered’.
Disadvantaged urban areas occupied the bottom five places in the rankings. “Three years ago we deliberately shone a spotlight on specific city areas in the hope that the attention would spur councils and communities into action,” commented Conor Horgan of IBAL.
“It is fair to say we have seen no noticeable improvement in any of these areas - nor have we seen much by way of substantial measures to them turn around.” “The historic development of large areas of social housing has shaped a “them and us” society and the gap is widening. Litter is a symptom of a greater malaise and keeping these areas as clean and well presented as the rest of a city would over time have significant benefits. We need local authorities to take the lead.”