Castlebar and Ballina have cleaned up their act according to the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) survey. The towns have been ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the survey which, with the help of An Taisce, monitors towns with populations of 6,000 and over, in accordance with international grading standards. The programme is also run in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.
In this year’s prestigious survey, the county town made a substantial improvement from their 2011 ranking, where they shared eleventh place with Cobh and Bray, while Ballina improved on its 2011 slot by 12 positions, to boast a number four ranking.
Of the 42 towns and cities monitored across Ireland for cleanliness levels over the course of 2012, Kilkenny was announced as the cleanest at a ceremony in Dublin yesterday (Monday). The city pipped Cavan and Killarney in the annual survey, which showed 80 per cent of towns and cities in the country to be as clean or cleaner than their European counterparts.
Speaking to The Mayo News about Castlebar’s success, Mayor of Castlebar Brendan Henahan described the award as a ‘welcomed development’ and noted the county town’s improving form as ‘exciting’.
“It’s our third year of improvement. Before now we would do well one year and do badly the next, now we are becoming more consistent. It’s a promising trend and we are excited about it,” explained the Mayor, adding that the result was a ‘welcomed reward’ for all involved.
With plans in place for various ‘Gathering’ events for the town, Cllr Henahan stated that any good news was a boost for the town and its people.
Commenting on Ballina’s result, Mayor of Ballina, Willie Nolan described it was ‘an excellent result’ and said it was a great way of endorsing the work that has been completed over the past number of years.
“It has been a gradual improvement with the efforts of the Ballina Chamber of Commerce, the Tidy Towns committee, the town council, the residence associations and business people. It’s great to see Castlebar doing well also and hopefully there will be a Mayo winner soon,” said the Mayor.
With Ballina receiving top marks in nine out of the ten areas assessed, Cllr Nolan admitted that the success did not come without hard work.
“It’s very positive, but we aren’t resting on our laurels, we have to come back and look at the negatives and improve on them,”concluded the Mayor.
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