Dundalk in IBAL’s top ten clean towns

The Argus - - NEWS - By OLIVIA RYAN

DUNDALK made its best ever show­ing in the an­nual IBAL Anti Lit­ter League, fea­tur­ing in the top ten clean­est towns in Ire­land.

The town jumped 19 places from its po­si­tion in league at the end of last year (29th) prov­ing that con­sid­er­able ef­fort has gone in to im­prov­ing the town cen­tre over the last year.

The re­sults of judg­ing over the last year saw the town placed joint 9th with Kilkenny, and also achiev­ing a ‘Cleaner Than Euro­pean Norms’ ti­tle.

The judges re­port for 2018 re­vealed a much im­proved town cen­tre.

‘An ex­cel­lent show­ing for Dundalk, im­prov­ing on ear­lier in 2018. Some top rank­ing de­serve a spe­cial men­tion – Court House Square was ex­cel­lent in terms of pre­sen­ta­tion and paving,’ ac­cord­ing to the IBAL judg­ing panel.

‘ The wide paving on Clan­bras­sil Street cre­ates a great sense of space and the over­all pre­sen­ta­tion of the streetscape was good.’

The panel did high­light there were some other ar­eas of the town which did war­rant fur­ther at­ten­tion.

‘Dundalk In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to suf­fer from heavy lev­els of cig­a­rette butts; the ‘Bring Cen­tre’ by the Fire Sta­tion just missed get­ting the top lit­ter grade – with a lit­tle ex­tra care and at­ten­tion this could eas­ily be achieved.’

Min­is­ter for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment Richard Bru­ton,

Min­is­ter Bru­ton said, ‘Com­bat­ing lit­ter is part of a much wider chal­lenge – how we use our re­sources ef­fec­tively and adapt to recog­nise en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age more gen­er­ally. Lit­ter is a very tan­gi­ble, vis­i­ble ex­am­ple of the kind of dam­age that is be­ing done. 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.’

The wide paving along Clan­bras­sil Street was praised in the re­port.

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