Tuesday 23 July 2019

Still clean but Sligo drops litter places

Sligo’s MacDiarmada train station
Sligo’s MacDiarmada train station

Paul Deering

The latest litter survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows that Sligo town is Clean but has fallen from 6th to 20th spot in its ranking of 40 towns and cities.

The survey also revealed that Ireland's principal tourist towns and cities are cleaner than ever as the peak season for visitors approaches.

Kilkenny topped the rankings, with Ballymun in Dublin City a litter blackspot at the foot of the table.

The An Taisce report stated:

"Sligo failed to match last year's stellar performance but was clean.

"It was let down by the Train Station and Bus Station - both presented poorly and were heavily littered.

"Seven out of the ten sites surveyed in Sligo town got the top litter grade - examples included the residential areas of Springhill Court and Treacy Avenue. Quayside Shopping Centre was excellent in terms of presentation and litter."

The result will be seen as particularly disappointing as the tourist season gets underway in earnest and also after the significant efforts by the local Tidy Towns Committee and the County Council in recent years .

The Chairman of Sligo Tidy Towns has expressed his disappointment at the latest IBAL report.

Peter Tiernan said that despite getting a grade "A" rating for 7 out of 10 areas inspected, the town was let down by the Train Station and the Bus Station, who each got "C" ratings.

Both were described as "heavily littered and neglected". Planted areas were overgrown, and the impression was of a heavily littered environment.

All the business and residential areas inspected got an "A" rating. Mr Tiernan said that with the imminent Tidy Towns Awards inspection, he will be in contact with both transport organisations "to get their premises in order."

Neither areas are the responsibility of Sligo Tidy Towns or Sligo County Council, he pointed out.The 3rd area which was found to have some litter was the N59 Sligo-Ballina connecting road which received a "B" rating. This area is well outside the town limits, he said.

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