Clonmel is the ninth cleanest town in the country,
according to the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) results.
An Taisce, who conduct the surveys on behalf of IBAL, commented in their report that this was “an excellent result for Clonmel – there were eight top ranking sites out of ten surveyed.
Some of the particularly good sites included Anglesea Street, O’Connell Street and the main parking square (Mary Street car park). What sets Clonmel and other top ranking towns apart is not just the lack of litter but the general presentation and maintenance of the environment”.
Clonmel achieved a Cleaner Than European Norms distinction in the annual Anti-Litter League and there was also good news for Tipperary town, which finished in 24th position and achieved a Clean to European Norms rating.
For the third year in-a-row Kilkenny was rated as Ireland’s cleanest town.
The judges had this to say about the leading sites in Clonmel - O’Connell Street: Grade A. “This shopping street was spotless. The wide pavements give a great sense of space, the area is well served by litter bins and the overall impression was a very good one”.
Anglesea Street: Grade A. “This street is characterised by an elegant range of early 19th Century houses and a large classical hall with columns that are currently being restored. It is fitting that such a lovely environment is being so well cared for”.
Main Parking Square (Mary Street car park): Grade A. “The ornamental trees are a very welcome feature on a car park – they take the bare look away. The litter bins were in good order and the overall appearance was a positive one. The bottle recycle facility in the corner seemed in good order and the recycle bins were fine”.
The town centre’s other main thoroughfare, Gladstone Street, was described as follows - “The most obvious litter along this street was fast-food wrappers with lesser amounts of sweet papers, chewing gum and cigarette butts. With a little extra effort this could be a top ranking site”.
Commenting on the overall report Conor Horgan stated “These are excellent results, which again bear out the fact that Ireland is broadly a very clean country”.
Set up in 1996, Irish Business Against Litter is an alliance of companies sharing a belief that continued economic prosperity - notably in the areas of tourism, food and direct foreign investment - is contingent on a clean, litter-free environment.
As part of the IBAL Anti-Litter League An Taisce monitors towns independently and in accordance with international grading standards. The programme is run in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.