Blame was aportioned upon the public for Drogheda’s dismal results in the IBAL report at the council meeting on Monday, where Drogheda placed second last, number 39 out of 40 for cleanest towns in Ireland.
Cllr Pio Smith said, “businesses and local people have a certain responsibility to keep their areas clean” as the staff in the council can only do so much. He explained the staff have been down to clean certain areas and the next day illegal dumping has been found, along with the no dumping signs being pulled out of the ground too.
Senior Engineer, Mark Johnston agreed saying this is the kind of people “we’re up against,” at Skellyslane.
Laurence Street had received a Grade D mark in the latest report which highlighted old and new litter along the kerbs and pavements. There was various dumping in basements and was overall in a poor state. In the report it was noted that “sites don't get into this state overnight.”
Cllr Kevin Callan applauded the work of council operations concerning the Mell area, which scored highly in the report. However, he has called on the council to investigate the low scoring area of Laurence Street.
The meeting noted that it is only a small minority of people who are responsible for leaving the town in such a state, with residents living on Laurence Street having been contacted to clean their areas, with three fines issued. They said they will continue to work with the residents here in order to ensure the area is kept to a high standard as it is central to Drogheda.
Along with Laurence’s Street, Moneymore and Ballsgrove were noted as being heavily littered, with illegal dumping taking place.
Cllr Paddy McQuillan raised the issue of Ballsgrove Gate which needs immediate attention. He enquired whether the monuments funds could be used. While the gate is not considered a monument, he remarked it is in a state of disarray. There is a tree growing on the top, with the gates rusted and ivy growing on it.
He questioned how the council can go about making the Gate a protected structure, as no work has been carried out on it in over 11 years. Mark Johnston noted they will have to revert back to members on this issue.