Longford dropped to 13th place in the rankings in the latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).
Around the region, Roscommon and Carrick-on-Shannon were both deemed “Cleaner than European Norms” in 9th and 11th position respectively in the ranking of 40 towns and cities. Meanwhile Cavan, a four time award winner, has now slipped to 31st place.
While nearly all of Ireland’s main towns are now clean, pockets of our major cities continue to suffer from significant levels of litter. The study, conducted by an Taisce, showed only two of 25 towns surveyed to be littered, but 7 of the 8 bottom places in the rankings to be occupied by city areas. IBAL says councils need to concentrate on those specific areas where the problem is worst.
The report on Longford town stated: “Longford was the IBAL winner in 2015 and all three approach roads surveyed displayed a sign indicating same. Longford Canal Path and the sculptures en route are a wonderful resource – an extensive stretch of the path was surveyed and it was spotless throughout. The main shopping streets of Ballymahon Street and Main Street were also in very good order. By far the most heavily littered site surveyed in Longford was Retail Park (Iceland, Aldi, Elvery’s etc.) – it isn’t the first time in the IBAL survey that it has been noted as a seriously littered site.”
The An Taisce report on Roscommon town stated: “Roscommon has again scored very well in the League, with eight out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade – some of the particularly good sites included Loughnaneane Park, N60 Castlebar Approach Road and St. Ciaran’s Park. The installation of gates at either end of the Pedestrian Access toLoughnaneane Park appears to solved the issue of alcohol related litter which had plagued this site for a number of years. The only seriously littered site surveyed in Roscommon was Recycle Facility in Car Park.”
The report on Carrick on Shannon stated: “A new entrant for 2016, Carrick on Shannon has scored very well, with eight out of the town sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. Many of these were not just clear of litter but also very attractively presented e.g. River Walk, Main Street and Bridge Street. The local history society has erected several attractive plaques noting people of interest. There was also a notable presence of ‘Adopt a Street’ plaques. The one site in Carrick which needs attention is the bottle bank at Tesco – it didn’t get into this very poor state overnight.”
The An Taisce report on Cavan stated; “There were some moderately littered sites in Cavan which just missed getting the top litter grade e.g. Bridge Street, Church Street and Cavan Bus Station (Interior) – with a little extra care and attention this could easily be achieved. The Library & Environs was an excellent site with all aspects in very good order. Cavan Bus Station (Exterior) was seriously littered and certainly had the appearance of a lack of thorough cleaning for quite some time.”