The Annual Spring Clean initiative in Tipperary town is in full swing members of the local Town Council were told at their April meeting this week.
Outlining the Amenity Grants Scheme for Residents Groups 2013, Mr. Mark Ryan Tipperary Town Council explained that the Council is continuing this scheme to which assists residents groups in carrying out environmental enhancement in their local estates. He praised local residents groups for their hard work to date and he also thanked designated householders who had taken on the responsibility of holding onto litter gathered in the area at their own premises waiting for collection.
Mr. Ryan also paid tribute to the Tidy Towns committee whom he said were meeting on the first Friday of every month from 11am to 3pm and their unique campaign appealing for unwanted and unused indoor and outdoor paint for the purpose of recycling and painting derelict buildings in the town.
Referring to the Amenity Grants Mr. Ryan said that applications for grant aid will be considered for landscaping and planting in public areas; community gardens; litter control and prevention; purchase of grass-cutting equipment. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4pm on Friday May 10th next.
Senior Executive Engineer Mr. Aidan Finn said that the Council in a joined up initiative are currently having their annual bulk goods and white goods collection. ‘Anything that has had plug in a former life can be brought to Dan Breen House where cages have been left for the collection of such goods. Those with bulk goods are asked to contact the Council to arrange collection,’ added Mr. Finn
He also asked that anyone holding onto gathered litter in their area to let the Council know where to pick it up and that they will take it away as quickly as possible.
Commending the hard of the work of the local Tidy Towns, Cllr. Mary Swords enquired of the Council what the position regarding the hoarding at the Dunnes Stores Roundabout on the Limerick Road approaching the Town was.
Cllr. Denis Leahy said that from what he could see nothing had commenced and that it was just a green field similar to the one beside it.
Mr. Aidan Finn said that he wanted to have look at the boundary to see if there would be any danger to the public if the hoarding was removed. He said at the moment it constituted a boundary and that the land concerned was in receivership. However he said that the hoarding was being used for illegal advertising and that the Council would be considering giving out litter fines to those who put advertising on the hoarding.
The National Spring Clean campaign is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
All volunteers registering for the National Spring Clean campaign are issued with a free clean up kit which contains information, posters, colour coded refuse sacks for segregation of waste materials, protective gloves and tabards to keep participants clean. An Taisce will also liaise with local authorities to ensure that all materials collected will be picked up without charge. Those who wish to take part should go to the National Spring Clean website at www.nationalspringclean.org