'Best ever' IBAL result for Wicklow
It's a 'great start to summer' for Wicklow as the town was deemed among the cleanest in Ireland, according the results of the latest litter survey.
The town was ranked 13th out of 40 towns and cities across the country. It was also among the 14 deemed cleaner than European norms in the survey by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). Top ranked areas of the town included Murrough playground, Main Street and the harbour. However, the viewing area on Dunbur Road was described as a 'seriously littered site' in the independent report by An Taisce.
'It's a great start to summer to be recognised for what we do,' said Andrew Lawless, Wicklow Tidy Towns Chairman.
'We were pleasantly surprised by the results as we were not aware the town was to be included in the survey,' Mr Lawless said.
The town was described in their report as 'very clean with a lot of the litter generated in the town picked up by Tidy Towns or municipal collectors.'
The independent report stated it was 'a best-ever showing for Wicklow Town on its return to the League after an absence of several years.' Litter levels were assessed by An Taisce, who found 31 of towns and cities surveyed to be clean. Kilkenny topped the rankings for the fifth time. Ballymun was placed it at the bottom of the table.
Mr. Lawless also praised the efforts of all the volunteers including 20 people from the Direct Provision Centre who were 'all there for the benefit of the town.'