Wednesday 22 January 2020

Ibal says Swords is third best of 40 towns

Ken Phelan

Swords has been credited as being among the cleanest of 40 towns and cities in Ireland in a 2019 survey carried out by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL), placing it in the top IBAL rankings of towns nationwide.

According to IBAL, Swords - which achieved third place in the final 2019 survey - put in a 'stellar' performance, and has now been declared as 'a model for others to follow.'

The River Walk and Castle Shopping Centre in Swords were top-ranking for 2019, as was Swords Town Park, which was credited as being 'excellent' in terms of presentation and maintenance.

Swords Castle and Swords Main Street were also credited, with the latter praised for its silver bollards, floral arrangements, traffic light box art and seating 'etc.'

The majority of roads in the immediate environs of Dublin Airport scored well also, with over half achieving the 'top litter grade.'

The remainder were judged to have followed close behind or were 'moderately littered', with the exception of the Naul Road parking/'plane spotting' area, which was 'heavily littered.'

Kilkenny topped the IBAL litter rankings for a record 4th time having last won in 2014, and finished ahead of Killarney, which was 3rd in 2018, with Swords at the top of the table.

In all, 21 of the 27 towns inspected were deemed clean, which was said to be 'a great result' but down on previous years.

Galway edged out Waterford to claim cleanest city as it enters its year as 'European City of Culture.'

The past decade has brought a 13% reduction in litter levels in our city centres, while litter in towns has remained constant over the same period.

The popular tourist attractions of Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse, Garden of Remembrance and main shopping streets were praised as 'excellent.'

According to IBAL, there is significantly less litter on our cities' streets compared to a decade ago.

2019 was the 17th year of the IBAL Anti-Litter League, with the final litter survey of last year carried out by An Taisce on behalf of IBAL.

Dublin Airport and Swords were the only areas in Fingal surveyed by IBAL.

Fingal Independent