Longford’s Tidy Towns committee has come under serious pressure following the loss of eight volunteers from its Litter Picking Group. The group, which usually consists of between 12 and 14 volunteers, has been reduced by almost three quarters following the closure of Richmond Court Accommodation Centre.
“It’s going to have a huge impact on us,” said Andy O’Dowd, chairperson of Longford Tidy Towns. “We have to get replacements if we are to keep Longford to the same standard. However, there are not many out there willing to give their service.”
The volunteers, some of whom have been contributing to Longford Tidy Towns for many years, are being moved to alternative locations throughout Ireland following the closure of Richmond Court on July 5 next.
“I want to thank them very sincerely for the part they have played in Longford Tidy Towns over the years,” said Andy. “Their loss means that our chance of maintaining or improving in the Tidy Towns competition is now under threat. We will keep Longford to the best of our ability but it’s going to be hard to keep up the standard we have already.”
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, simply contact Andy on 087-9633868.
“We are looking for a commitment of five or six hours per week. This would include litter picking, weeding, sweeping footpaths, a bit of painting etc.,” he said. “We’re basically looking for everyone to get behind us and help us keep Longford litter free. It’s not just about being a volunteer. It’s also about being more aware and picking up litter when you see it.”
Volunteers are supplied with bibs, gloves, pickers and bags.
“At the end of the day it’s a great chance to socialise and integrate with other members of the community,” said Andy.