Newbridge cleaner than European norms
Co Kildare towns are ranking very well in the latest Irish Business Against Litter(IBAL) survey.
Newbridge and Leixlip are being rated as “Cleaner than European Norms status”, in seventh and eleventh position, among 40 towns and cities nationwide.
The survey also revealed that Ireland’s principal tourist towns and cities are cleaner than ever as the peak season for visitors approaches. Kilkenny topped the rankings, with Ballymun in Dublin City a litter blackspot at the foot of the table.
According to the An Taisce report for Newbridge, the result is 'excellent.'
The report said:“An excellent result for Newbridge with eight out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade and no heavily littered sites. Particularly good sites included the river walk at Bad Lippspringe Way (excellent in terms of presentation and maintenance), Main Street and Eyre Street. Main Street scored particularly well as it is a very long street and thus presents more opportunity for littering. The Clothing Facility at Dunnes Stores could quickly deteriorate if not addressed.”
The An Taisce report for Leixlip stated:“An excellent showing by Leixlip, let down only by the Recycle Facility at Lidl, a heavily littered site that wasn’t just littered but subject to dumping. Leixlip Train Station (Interior and Exterior) presented very well with regard to litter. This high standard was sustained for many more sites throughout Leixlip, including the approach roads. The Main Street and Arthur’s Way were particularly good in terms of overall presentation. There is clearly great pride of the heritage and business associations in Leixlip, as evidenced by the sculpture or plaque area on the Main Street.”
Litter levels were assessed by An Taisce, who found 31 of towns and cities, or 77%, to be clean. This report is in line with recent IBAL surveys. Kilkenny topped the rankings for the fifth time, ahead of Athlone and Killarney, and the centres of main cities Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford were cleaner than previously, only Limerick failing to achieve clean status.
IBAL’s Conor Horgan said:“Today’s tourists demand high levels of cleanliness and these results indicate that’s what they will be getting this year when they come to Ireland."
He said:“It is also important that their first impression be a good one, so it’s pleasing to see the roads around Dublin Airport are again to Clean to European norms.”
For the first time in three years, an area received the lowest grade of ‘litter blackspot’ as Ballymun recorded one of the worst results since the league was founded 17 years ago.
Mr Horgan said: “An indication of the progress we’ve made over past 5 years has been the absence of litter blackspots in our survey. However, as the Ballymun and other results show, there has been little if any progress in disadvantaged areas of our cities.”
Dumping continues to feature prominently in IBAL surveys and accounts for many of the individual blackspots found in cities. Limerick City’s rating was brought down by dumping in the basements of Cecil Street and an area at Upper William Street, described as “filthy, one of the worst sites in a city centre environment.”
A house on Seville Place in Dublin was, says the IBAL report used as a dumping ground, with “a mattress and all manner of rubbish” present, while a car park at Lakelands View at Mahon, Cork, was according to the IBAL report“in a shocking state, clearly used as a dumping ground for domestic rubbish … soiled nappies and several dozen black sacks”. Otherwise clean, Ballybeg in Waterford suffered from dumping beside the GAA Club and at the Horticultural Project Initiative. “What was probably set out to be a place of pleasure has been destroyed,” according to An Taisce.
Mr Horgan said:“We have a perception of dumping as something that takes place outside of our cities and towns, far from public view.The survey shows this is not the case.”
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