Sunday 21 July 2019

Gorey 'moderately littered' in latest IBAL 2018 results

Sara Gahan

Gorey is 'moderately littered', according to the IBAL anti-litter league results for 2018 who reported that two litter blackspots caused its ranking to slip.

The results, which were released yesterday (Monday), show that Gorey came 32nd out of 40 in the country and was deemed moderately littered, along with Dublin City Centre in 31st, Ballinasloe in 33rd, Limerick City South in 34th and Carlow in 35th.

Billy Halford, chairman of Gorey Tidy Towns said it is not a great result, but reported they had a very positive year with a combination of a lot of things.

'All schools in Gorey came on board this year to help keep the town clean by picking up litter,' said Billy. 'Also, we got 12 businesses in the town to take part in cleaning up and keeping the front of their premises tidy which really helps.'

Billy said the only thing they can do is try keep on top of it all and not let results such as these dampen their spirits.

Wexford town, Enniscorthy and New Ross did not feature in the IBAL 2018 results. Conor Horgan of Horgan PR and Marketing said they will probably stick to Gorey for 2019.

'It is hard to say if other towns in Wexford will be included too,' added Conor.

In the report, it said Gorey presented very well, but two litter blackspots saw its ranking slip.

Gorey Sports Centre situated on Esmonde Street was a grade D. It stated that 'signage along the roadway was riddled with graffiti and weeds were several feet high. This set the tone for the site further within the grounds. It wasn't just that the area was littered but a corner area had been used as a dumping ground eg chairs, child's buggy, street cones and a host of other miscellaneous items.'

The other litter blackspot was the recycle facility at Tesco Extra which received a grade D. There were 'piles of cardboard boxes behind the recycle units'. A large black sack was in front of another unit. This wasn't so much a littered site, but more so 'a site that had been subjected to dumping'. One of the 'No Dumping CCTV' notices at this recycle facility was partially obscured by the pile of clothing discarded in front of it.

The approach road from Courtown was a clean and tidy first impression of Gorey and all aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order.

The other approach road from Clogh just missed the top litter grade. Generally it was quite a good route with regard to litter and general maintenance. They said the 'Welcome to Gorey' sign was a nice feature, as well as the rest area on the side of the road. There were just some litter items like bottles, plastic sheeting, cans and signage.

The Main Street was very well presented and maintained, as well as Esmonde Street and Gorey Civic Square.

Aldi car park area presented well and was freshly painted. However it was impossible to ignore the litter in the shrubbery around the car park - a wide variety of food and alcohol related items as well as a car tyre were present. The level of litter was such that it was verging on becoming a serious problem.

Hazelwood is an extensive residential area with many interconnecting roads and several green area but all aspects surveyed were spotless. The N11/M11 from Bray to Gorey was reported to have zero litter along the route to Wexford. It was particularly fresh in presentation and appearance.

Fermoy was named the cleanest town in 2018, followed by Athlone and Killarney. The Anti-Litter League survey of 40 towns and cities, commissioned by IBAL and carried out by An Taisce, shows that just under 90 per cent of towns were deemed clean, a slight improvement on the previous year.

Gorey Guardian