Littering in Clonmel town centre is “a thundering disgrace” and something has to be done about it was the call at the recent meeting of Clonmel Borough Council.
Speaking at the meeting, Cllr Pat English said the litter warden would have to do something about the bad image being given in the town.
Cllr Billy Shoer pointed out that a report to the council under the Litter Pollution Act showed “a fair amount” being spent on street cleaning but just that day he had seen a council employee sweeping a 40 yard stretch of pathway on O’Connell Street which was “heavily littered” at 3pm.
“The message is not getting out to people that littering is not acceptable,” he said. “It’s time now that the environmental officer is on the streets every day, in a hi-vis jacket, walking up and down for an hour each day. People will get the message or they will be fined.
“Dumping litter on our main street is not acceptable. It’s a thundering disgrace.”
Cllr Shoer said people don’t leave their cars without paying a parking fee or they would get a ticket.
Cllr Joe Leahy agreed, saying they should extend the powers of the traffic warden. “They are on the streets and will be able to take action immediately.”
He added that that day had been the exception rather than the rule, concerning the littering on O’Connell Street.
Mayor Darren Ryan agreed. “It’s about time we did get people on the street and issue fines on the spot because the message is not getting out there.
The mayor went on to ask the Town Clerk to convey the council’s thanks to the outdoor staff for their “exceptional” work. “The town looks fabulous. Without them we would be a lot worse off.”
Mayor Ryan also thanked the Tidy Towns committee for their work.
Town Clerk, Ger Walsh, agreed littering was a big issue and said it is planned to hold a public information meeting as part of the planning for Clonmel to take part in the Entente Florale competition this summer, as litter is a big part of that.