Villagers call for better street cleaning services
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.