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Saturday 27 December 2014

Tidy Arklow ranked just outside top ten

Deborah Coleman

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

Arklow narrowly missed making it into the top ten of the year's Irish Business Against Litter ranking, taking 11th place out of 40 towns surveyed.

Arklow narrowly missed making it into the top ten of the year's Irish Business Against Litter ranking, taking 11th place out of 40 towns surveyed.

The town received an overall positive report and was deemed to be Cleaner than European Norms. Arklow's placing in the Anti-Litter League for 2014 shows a marked improvement since the town was last surveyed in 2011 when it came in 36th place out of 53 towns surveyed.

A spokesperson for An Taisce said that coming in 11th place is a good result for Arklow.

'A very good result for Arklow on its return to the IBAL league, just outside the top ten in the ranking. The three approach roads got the top litter grade and created a positive first impression of the town. The Main Street was generally clear of litter but suffered badly from the high number of vacant outlets – hopefully the new Arklow Branch Library will generate some extra life to the street,' the spokesperson said.

The approach roads to Arklow fared well in the assessment with the 'Welcome to Arklow' sign on the approach road from the N11 credited with offering a good first impression to those entering the town.

St. Joseph's N.S. Templerainey and Aldi on North Quay both received glowing reports but the Recycling Centre at Croghan Industrial Estate was heavily criticised in the adjudicator's report.

'This was by far the worst grade of all the sites surveyed in Arklow. The exterior aspect of the facility was surveyed with approximately 40 recycle units lining the perimeter of the facility. There was a constant stream of litter at the base of the bins as well as a discarded plastic bag full of bottles. The smell was awful. The whole area needs far more thorough cleaning,' the report outlined.

'The positive impression that our clean towns create for visitors is all too quickly undone if they encounter litter when departing them. It is a natural evolution of IBAL's survey that these routes be monitored,' said Conor Horgan of IBAL.

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