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Clean Longford shines in litter league

Longford Town Mayor Paul Connell (right) and Longford Tidy Town's Chairperson Andy O'Dowd accepting an award from Dr Tom Cavanagh, Chairperson IBAL.

Longford Town Mayor Paul Connell (right) and Longford Tidy Town's Chairperson Andy O'Dowd accepting an award from Dr Tom Cavanagh, Chairperson IBAL.

2013 has been another great year for Longford in the IBAL Anti-Litter League, after the town secured the 10th spot out of 42 towns and cities surveyed.

Longford was deemed the tidiest town in the Shannonside region, achieving the status of ‘cleaner than European norms’.

Conor Horgan from IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) said Longford town was one of the more consistent performers in these Litter Leagues since IBAL was set up and he congratulated the Longford Tidy Town’s Chairperson Andy O’Dowd and Longford Town Council on their great work.

At Monday’s announcement, concern was expressed regarding the future of the IBAL Litter Leagues due to the intention to abolish Town Councils this year.

However on a more optimistic note it was proposed that a flag system be introduced on a national basis to acknowledge towns with a litter-free status.

Seven out of the 10 sites surveyed in Longford received the ‘A’ grade. According to the results, a couple of the top ranking sites “were not just clear of litter but very well presented and maintained”.

This included the N4/R194 Majors Well Road, the N63 Approach and Shopping Centre (Aldi).

“New Street was nicely laid out with attractive paving and there was a virtual absence of litter at Main Street,” the judges continued. “The road surface/signage and markings on the N63 were in good order and the overall appearance was a good one.”

Commenting on this year’s IBAL success, Longford Tidy Town’s stalwart, Andy O’Dowd paid tribute to all the volunteers who give of their time to keep the town tidy.

“The effort that those people make to clean and tidy up is remarkable, and while we are delighted with this year’s result there is room for improvement,” he added.

“I would ask everyone to avoid littering and become more civic-minded about our environment.”

Other areas that also impressed the judges included the train and bus depot and Main Street. They commented: “There was a virtual absence of litter along this busy shopping street and the street is well served by litter bins.”

 

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