Monday 22 July 2019

Bray in 27th spot on 2018 IBAL litter league table

The clean seafront was included in the report
The clean seafront was included in the report

Mary Fogarty

Bray is once again 'clean to European norms' according to the final litter survey of 2018 by business group Irish Business Against Litter.

Bray is in the 27th spot in the ranking of 40 towns and cities.

'Bray has consistently retained its clean status without being able to eliminate certain heavily littered sites,' according to An Taisce, who carry out the surveys on behalf of IBAL.

The Main Street, Bray Civic Centre and Bray Promenade were all top ranking sites - they were not just good with regard to litter but were also very well presented and maintained.

Litter problems persist at certain spots along Upper Dargle Road - this has been a problem site for a long number of years. Another heavily littered site was a miscellaneous building/site across from Bray DART Station - there were persistent litter problems, loose food related litter, throughout this site.

A planning application has been made to Wicklow County Council to develop that site.

The judge noted the People's Park has been enhanced with new seating while also being excellent with regard to litter.

At the Upper Dargle Road area, there were loose items of food related litter on the path and road but it was the isolated pockets of litter which were responsible for the overall litter grade. All of these areas were on the left hand side as one comes in to Bray, not always visible to passing cars.

One of these areas wasn't just casually littered but subject to dumping, including a mattress, children's play pen and other household items.

The recycling centre site was praised, having been a littered site for previous IBAL surveys. 'The community garden is clearly a much cared for environment,' said the judge.

The Main Street in Bray was very clean throughout the entire length. 'For a main street it was exceptionally clean,' said the judge. The paving was particularly fresh in appearance. Seating, bins, signage etc. were all in very good order.

The civic plaza was pristine, very well maintained, and there was a complete absence of litter throughout.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton, will present the awards at a ceremony on Monday, crowning Fermoy as the cleanest town among those ranked according to litter levels in 2018, with Waterford City again Ireland's cleanest city.

Bray People