Carrick’s performance in the national Tidy Town’s Competition won’t improve significantly unless there is a major increase in volunteers helping the Council to keep the town clean, according to a senior Council official.
That was the message Town Clerk Michael O’Brien issued during a debate at the Town Council’s monthly meeting on the Tidy Towns judges’ 2013 report on Carrick.
Carrick’s overall Tidy Towns score increased by two points but its littering score was just 17 points out of 50.
The meeting heard there is only a handful of volunteers on the local Tidy Towns Committee.
“Volunteer participation is critical to success,” said Mr O’Brien. “The numbers simply aren’t sufficient to make a significant dent. Look at Westport and the 1000s of hours put in by volunteers there. The Council can’t do it all on its own.” He said the town’s litter score wasn’t a fair reflection of reality as Carrick’s streets were kept very tidy.