Vil­lagers call for bet­ter street clean­ing ser­vices

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

We s t Cork vil­lagers are to meet with Cork County Coun­cil later this week to step up their cam­paign for the pro­vi­sion of a daily street clean­ing ser­vice.

The move fol­lows the re­tire­ment, shortly be­fore Christ­mas, of a lo­cal au­thor­ity worker re­spon­si­ble for the gen­eral up­keep of the twin vil­lages of En­niskeane and Balli­neen.

Now the Tidy Towns As­so­ci­a­tion for the sis­ter vil­lages, link­ing each other on the main Ban­don- Bantry road, is to meet with lo­cal au­thor­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives to press for the pro­vi­sion of one or more gen­eral op­er­a­tives to main­tain the streets in the two vil­lages.

The vil­lages a re joined to­gether and run for more than a mile in length.

“The gen­eral op­er­a­tive who worked here for many years re­tired be­fore Christ­mas,” said Mar­garet O’Dono­van, the newly-ap­pointed chair­per­son of the lo­cal Tidy Towns as­so­ci­a­tion.

Mem­bers of the group had made rep­re­sen­ta­tions to lo­cal county coun­cil­lors about the is­sue be­cause it was felt the vil­lages con­tin­ued to need the reg­u­lar ser­vices of one or more peo­ple to en­sure they main­tained their neat, wellkept ap­pear­ance.

The group wants the coun­cil to give as­sur­ances that reg­u­lar street clean­ing will be car­ried out.

“We need a worker on the ground on a daily ba­sis — these are ex­tremely busy twin vil­lages,” said Ms O’Dono­van.

She high­lighted the fact that up to 20 bags of rub­bish were col­lected dur­ing a re­cent a com­mu­nity clean- up of the two vil­lages, or­gan­ised by the Tidy Towns as part of the midApril County Clean up ini­tia­tive.

The Balli­neen-En­niskeane lit­ter pick event, launched by Cork City FC man­ager John Caulfield and took place on Satur­day, April 14.

“This clean-up was a spe­cial event to co­in­cide with the county clean-up ini­tia­tive but it was also to raise aware­ness of the ur­gent need for the pro­vi­sion by the lo­cal au­thor­ity of a reg­u­lar clean­ing ser­vice for our two beautiful vil­lages,” said Ms O’Dono­van.

There had been a very pos­i­tive re­sponse to the ini­tia­tive, with more than 30 vol­un­teers turn­ing up to par­tic­i­pate in the lit­ter- pick which ran for two hours be­tween 10am and noon.

“The vil­lages are be­ing cleaned by vol­un­teers on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” Ms O’Dono­van em­pha­sis­ing backup sup­port in the form of lo­cal au­thor­ity-pro­vided clean­ing ser­vice was also re­quired.

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