Longford is the third cleanest town
by Majella reid
The Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) has voted Longford the third cleanest town in the IBAL Anti Litter League 2010. Pipping Longford at the post were Carlow who gained the top position, and Trim, who came second.
"We are delighted with the outcome," said Andy O'Dowd, Chairperson of Longford Tidy Towns in speaking with the Longford Leader. "In 2009 we came second and this year we came third. We were beaten by a whisker and judged on ten categories. In eight of them we got As and then two Bs. So we're very happy."
The accompanying report, which was compiled by An Taisce, found that all of the approach roads into the town were in very good condition while New Street and Market Square are very well presented.
"The Bus Station and the Railway Station were the only two Bs. They gave great comments to the Market Square and were very impressed how it was maintained. It really was great to see Longford doing so well," said Andy.
The league, which grades towns and cities according to their cleanliness, was established in 1996 by an alliance of companies who believe that litter has a significant impact on the economic well-being of Ireland.
For Andy, a big ‘thank you' is due to many different groups for their assistance in bringing about this great 2010 result.
"Credit has to go to our committee and our volunteers for their excellent work. Also the local authorities have been very supportive in 2010, as have the Longford Community Police, the Lions Club and the Longford Community Services. I pay tribute to them in bringing Longford to where it is today," said Andy.The chairman also singled out the work of McDonald's, Abbotts, Seamus McLoughlin and Tom Hayden and Sean Casey, on the high standard of maintenance they keep on the approach roads.
"We are now asking the people of Longford to really get behind us in 2011 and make it the year for Longford," said Andy.