Gorey councillors shocked to hear it costs a staggering €1,000 to recoat just one litter bin

Gorey Main Street.

Amy LewisGorey Guardian

Councillors were shocked to learn the eye-watering cost of recoating bins in Gorey town which put the seemingly simple measure for cleaning up the town out of reach.

At the May meeting of Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District Council, Councillor Anthony Donohoe reiterated his calls for the council to hire a company to power wash the footpaths on Gorey Main Street and Esmonde Street. Acknowledging the approach of the busy summer period, he added that business owners on both streets had asked him about the possibility of cleaning up the footpaths and other small aspects of the town.

"It wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to refresh the foot path and the bins as well. The bins are dirty,” he said. “It would give the street a good facelift.”

Executive Engineer Joanne Kehoe told the councillors that they had been quoted a staggering €1,000 per bin to get the bins recoated.

Cllr Donohoe queried the cost of the brand new bins recently installed Wexford, saying that his query comes back to an earlier point he made regarding fairness in the way funding is allocated to each district.

"Bins are significantly expensive,” said Ms Kehoe.