Ranks second from bottom for the second time in a row
Drogheda town once again has to hang its head in shame at failing to improve from being almost bottom of the table when it comes to litter and dumping.
In the latest IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) survey, the town was deemed ‘seriously littered’, scoring 39th out of 40 for the second time in a row.
The report said ‘it is quite unusual for a main shopping street (West Street) to be so heavily littered.
Louth County Council said it was ‘disappointing, but a community response is needed’.
The last poor showings in October 2021 and January 2022 caused an outcry from many quarters, with promises of vast improvements, but there is little to show in terms of seriously tackling the situation.
There was only one top ranking site, Drogheda train station, while half of the sites surveyed were heavily littered.
Singled out for mention was one litter blackspot at Marsh Road, where there was evidence of dumping. “The derelict sites presented poorly and harboured much of the litter / dumping”.
West Street was heavily littered, which the report did say was ‘out of kilter’ with most shopping streets they encountered.
The survey said that ‘food-related litter was widespread’.
Responding to the bad result, Louth County Council said, while disappointed with this classification, they believes that a community response, including from businesses in Drogheda, can serve to rectify the situation.
“The council has been very active in Drogheda and up to the current month has issued numerous warning notices and a total of 50 fines for littering in 2022. Also, through its litter warden service, it is actively engaged with primary schools in the town. Some programmes were put on hold because of Covid-19, but these are now being resumed,” said a spokesperson.
“The Council is mindful of certain construction and other waste sites where litter is prevalent and will as necessary, issue warning notices and fines”.
The said they are ‘strong promoters of anti-littering messages across the county, and it hopes that everyone can play a positive community role by assuming personal responsibility in the reduction of littering’.
“We thank those who make that positive effort. In particular, the work of a number of Tidy Towns organisations throughout the county, including Drogheda Tidy Towns”, the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, Dundalk has improved from the last survey but is still ‘moderately littered’.
The An Tasice report says: ‘some improvement in Dundalk but not enough to give it Clean status. Market Square was very much deserving of the top litter grade – the street-scape was excellent and the whole area was very well presented and maintained. Castleblayney and Carrickmacross approach roads were both top ranking”.