A call has been made for the area around the recycling facility at Suir Island car park to be tidied after Clonmel slipped out of the top ten cleanest towns in the latest survey by the group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL).
Despite slipping from 4th to 13th place, Clonmel retained its status as “cleaner than European norms” in the ranking of 40 areas surveyed.
An Taisce surveyors reported that it was “another excellent showing by Clonmel, despite losing its top ten spot in the rankings. This is a measure of how towns are improving. Both approach routes into the town were in very good order, creating a positive first impression of the town.
Some of the particularly good top-ranking sites included Anglesea Street and Clonmel Railway Station (interior and exterior). The recycling facility at Suir Island car park was the most heavily littered site surveyed”.
Frank O’Donoghue, secretary of Clonmel’s Tidy Towns committee, said he was disappointed that Clonmel had slipped down the rankings, despite maintaining its “cleaner than European norms status”. He hoped that those who managed the Suir Island car park would ensure that it had improved by the time of IBAL’s next assessment at the end of December.
The report stated that, architecturally, Anglesea Street is “a lovely street and the buildings were in good order. Ornamental trees added a welcome splash of green”.
The railway station was said to be “a fine 19th century premises, which has been relatively recently restored and cleaned – it was in very good order”.
The surveyor noted that while Gladstone Street was not littered it would certainly benefit from a little extra care – “the overall appearance was somewhat rundown”.
When surveyed heavy levels of cigarette butts, chewing gum and sweet papers were found along O’Connell Street.
However the recycling facility at Suir Island car park was “by far the most heavily littered site surveyed in Clonmel.
With the recycle bins flush up against the wall there was no opportunity to stuff items behind the bins – instead users have simply abandoned their items at the base of the recycle bins and in an abandoned shopping trolley.
Too many of the recycle facilities surveyed in the IBAL Anti-Litter survey have scored very poorly”.
The survey found that sweet papers were by far the most common form of litter, followed by cigarette butts, fast food wrappers and chewing gum.
Kilkenny was the cleanest town in the survey followed by Cavan, Killarney, Longford, Tramore and Tullamore.