Friday 19 July 2019

Bray retains a 'clean to European norms' status in latest IBAL survey

Riverwalk praised as town remains in 28th spot out of 40 on league table

The Riverwalk impressed IBAL judges.
The Riverwalk impressed IBAL judges.

Mary Fogarty

Bray has retained its 'Clean to European Norms' designation in the summer survey of litter levels by Irish Business Against Litter. The town is in 28th spot in the ranking of 40 towns and cities - the same position as in the previous survey.

An Taisce assessed litter levels in 40 town sover the summer months on behalf of IBAL. 'Bray continues to perform well, if not at the level of years ago when it topped the table,' the report stated. Bray came first in the table in 2010.

'Some of the very good sites surveyed included Quinnsboro Road, Killarney Approach Road and Bray Daly Dart Station - the latter has undergone some recent works and presented well, without the litter in the car park which had been a feature in previous surveys.

'A lovely new feature in Bray is the Riverwalk, opened late in 2017.' At the time of the assessment, the Florentine site was still a car park. The report said that area in particular was 'just as poor as it had been for many years'.

Quinsboro Road in general though, got grade A for what the report said was an excellent streetscape with a virtual absence of litter.

There were some positive changes noted along Upper Dargle Road, for example a former derelict site has been redeveloped and there was some landscaping at the entrance to Fassaroe.

However, there was still some dumping over the low wall, coming in to Bray, just before Fassaroe.

Bray Recycle Centre was generally clear of litter, but due to the fact that almost all the units were full / overflowing the sound of beer cans rolling around was obvious.

A black sack had been left on the ground and items were stuffed between recycle units. 'A lovely feature of this facility is the community garden to the rear - this was lovingly tended,' stated the report.

The overall presentation of the harbour and immediate environs had improved since 2017, stated the report, with a virtual absence of litter.

Main Street got a grade B+ with paths generally clear of litter. What brought the grade down from its usual A was an isolated area to the left of the church.

A discarded baby buggy contained coffee cups and there were piles of cardboard boxes. There were also heavy levels of cigarette butts at this area. The remainder of the main street was in good order with regard to litter.

Bray People