Longford Tidy Towns making a difference

Aisling Kiernan

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Aisling Kiernan

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aisling.kiernan@longfordleader.ie

Tidy Towns

Last year was another successful year for Longford Tidy Towns.

Last year was another successful year for Longford Tidy Towns. Once again Longford improved it’s rating in the national competition with an increase of four marks on the 2016 judging. Chairperson John Farrell says this is an achievement of which we can all be proud.

As the standard rises it becomes increasingly difficult for a town such as Longford to retain it’s position not to mention improve the rating.
In the latest Irish Business against Litter(IBAL) report, Longford’s overall rating for 2017 was joint 6th. out of forty towns surveyed and rated as “Cleaner than European norms”.


The IBAL report stated “Longford continues to excel with no heavily littered sites”. With most areas receiving grade A or Grade B ratings, the residential area of Canal Walk and the environs of St Mel’s Cathedral got particular mention.


While these results are encouraging John Farrell, chairperson says; “We still have a long way to go. Illegal dumping continues to be a major scourge. Looking forward, greater enforcement of our litter laws and better community involvement are what we need.”

Why Bother, What’s in it for me?
In a word,….. EVERYTHING.
Regardless of age, status or circumstances we all appreciate pleasant surroundings.
If you live in our town, visit our town, work in our town or own a business in our town, a clean and tidy street scape makes for a better experience. Clean public spaces attract more visitors and more footfall for our businesses. Each one of us needs to play our part by ensuring that our town is as clean and tidy as it can be. The pay back is increased trade, good community spirit and a happier and healthier lifestyle for everyone.

As a Trader / Property owner
Following a visit by Tidy Towns last year did you sign up and agree to take charge of the streetscape in front of your premises? Do you agree that, spending time and money on your window display is pointless unless you also remove the weeds from the pavement?

Does your property need a face lift?
As spring approaches now is the time to plan ahead. Longford Tidy Towns may be able to assist in this regard.

Illegal Dumping
The cost of illegal dumping to our local authority can be in excess of €50,000 per year.
This is your money that could benefit our community in other ways. Most people associate illegal dumping with black sacks on country roads but remember the offender throwing the sweet paper or cigarette end on the pavement is guilty of the same offence and also subject to a penalty. If you witness illegal dumping please don’t ignore it. Take details, photos, car registration if possible and report it to the environmental section of Longford Co. Council. Litter Hotline – 1850 434 450.

Dog Fouling
Dog owners must remove their pet's waste from public places and dispose of same in a proper manner. Failure to do so can result in a €150 on the spot fine. Please show respect for your community and your fellow pedestrians by being prepared and observing the law in this regard.

Community Involvement
Community involvement is all about giving something back. It is the responsibility of all to ensure our town is as safe and as pleasing to live in as it can be. Only with a collective, community based approach can this be achieved. We all have hobbies, interests and skills which can benefit the community. It may be gardening, DIY or admin. It may be pollination or planting. By volunteering just a little of your time and sharing your talents the benefits to you personally as well as the community cannot be overstated.
As a volunteer you will learn new skills, meet new people, boost your self-esteem, improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Remember volunteering does not have to be a long term commitment, you choose the tasks and the schedule that suits you.

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