Mixed re­sults for Kerry in new­est IBAL lit­ter league

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - BY SI­MON BROUDER

THE fi­nal re­sults of the 2018 IBAL Lit­ter League con­tain mixed news for Kerry with Kil­lar­ney near the sum­mit while Tralee re­mains rooted to the lower rungs of the ta­ble.

The League – run by An Taisce on be­half of the Ir­ish Busi­ness Against Lit­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal al­liance of busi­nesses – sees 40 Ir­ish towns and city cen­tres rated and ranked ac­cord­ing to the their clean­li­ness.

While Kil­lar­ney and Tralee moved up the ta­ble, the for­tunes of both were markedly dif­fer­ent.

Kil­lar­ney jumped 13 places on its fi­nal 2017 po­si­tion, reach­ing third place in the fi­nal league ta­ble for 2018, while Tralee went up only a single place from 31st to 30th po­si­tion.

The re­sults also mark an im­prove­ment for both towns on the league’s Round One re­sults, which were an­nounced last Oc­to­ber. The Round One re­sults had Kil­lar­ney in sixth place with Tralee in 34th.

While Tralee re­mains in the bot­tom quar­ter of the ta­ble, there was some good news for the town in the fact that, sig­nif­i­cantly, it did im­prove its clas­si­fi­ca­tion, go­ing from ‘mod­er­ately lit­tered’ in 2017 to ‘clean to Euro­pean norms’ in 2018.

The judges from An Taisce, who carry out the sur­veys on be­half of IBAL, were full of praise for Kil­lar­ney.

“An out­stand­ing per­for­mance by one of the coun­try’s busiest tourist at­trac­tions,” they wrote.

“Some top-rank­ing sites de­serve a spe­cial men­tion, for ex­am­ple the Re­cy­cle Fa­cil­ity was ex­cel­lent, (rare for such fa­cil­i­ties gen­er­ally); the Main Street wasn’t just very good with re­gard to lit­ter but over­all pre­sen­ta­tion e.g. paving, seat­ing, bol­lards etc.; the same ap­plied to the Jar­vey Park – this was a very at­trac­tively pre­sented and main­tained en­vi­ron­ment; Some of the bins in Kil­lar­ney pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for ‘dry re­cy­cling’ and this is a very wel­come fea­ture,” the judges said.

As a run­ner up in the top three of the league, Kil­lar­ney will re­ceive a num­ber of Nor­way maple trees to en­hance the local en­vi­ron­ment, cour­tesy of the Ir­ish Tree Cen­tre in Cork.

While Tralee didn’t fare well in the league over­all, the judges had some wel­come, pos­i­tive com­ments about the county cap­i­tal.

“It is great to see an im­por­tant town like Tralee re­claim Clean sta­tus with a much-im­proved show­ing,” they said.

“Top-rank­ing sites in­cluded Ashe Street, Pairc an Phiar­saigh and Denny Street – these were well pre­sented and main­tained. It was noted in Tralee that Rock Street was much im­proved on pre­vi­ous IBAL lit­ter sur­veys and just missed get­ting the top lit­ter grade,” said the judges.

“By far the most heav­ily lit­tered site in Tralee was the Car Park in God­frey Place – clearly some­body is claim­ing ‘own­er­ship’ of same by charg­ing for park­ing, but the area was in a dread­ful mess with re­gard to lit­ter,” the judges said.

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