Town retains gold medal but still has litter problem

Eamonn Wynne

Eamonn Wynne

A strong appeal for people not to discard litter has been made by Clonmel’s Tidy Towns Committee.

The appeal has been made by committee secretary Frank O’Donoghue following last week’s publication of the report from the National Tidy Towns Competition.

Clonmel received an extra two marks and retained its gold medal status for the fourth year in-a-row.

“We’re maintaining our gold medal status, which is an achievement in itself. Generally it’s a good report, with a lot of improvements in the town, and litter seems to be the only area where we’re falling down”, said Mr. O’Donoghue.

He made the point that Clonmel received 298 marks, which was only 12 behind Killarney, the overall winner in its category.

“We still have to work on our litter problem. The Borough Council and the committee do an excellent job picking up rubbish but within 24 hours the town is littered again. A small percentage of people are throwing litter around and we can’t understand why they do that. Attitudes need to change”, he said.

The general impression in the judges report stated, “Clonmel is a wonderful town to visit and retains an energy about its business and civic life. Its built heritage is unique and clearly cherished by its citizens. Your tidy towns group must take its fair share of the credit for this and congrats all around. For 2012 please pay particular attention to the litter situation in the town”.

Frank O’Donoghue also congratulated Emly on winning the tidiest village in Ireland award for the second time.