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Tullamore Drops in IBAL ratings but remains clean to European norms

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Tullamore Drops in IBAL ratings but remains clean to European norms thumbnailIBAL adjudicators were critical of litter on the canal bank at Convent View.

TULLAMORE dropped to 12th position out of 40 towns / cities surveyed in the first IBAL, Irish Business Against Litter survey of 2018.

In September 2017 the town was ranked first in the country out of the those surveyed.

However, it is still deemed to be ''Clean to European Norms.''

Adjudicators from An Taisce who carry out the judging on behalf of IBAL noted there was a ''decrease in the number of litter-free sites in the town compared to the previous survey, but nonetheless there was a strong showing, with no heavily littered areas detected.''

As always Lloyd Town Park received the highest praise and was described in the final assessment as: ''An exceptionally well presented and maintained park environment and it was spotless throughout.''

Another area to be lauded was Clonminch Wood. Judges said it was, ''well cared for and clear of litter.

Patrick Street also scored well, with adjudicators observing that many of the properties were freshly presented.

''Some of the moderately littered sites in Tullamore could easily get the top litter grade with a little extra care and attention, for example the Tullamore By-Pass and the Bridge Centre car park and IMC Cinema Complex,'' the adjudicators added.

Below are their comments in more detail.

N52 Tullamore By-Pass: Grade B. The overall presentation of this route was a good one but it was let down by some food related litter and plastic wrapping. Not much effort is required for this site to get the top litter grade.

Lloyd Town Park: Grade A. ''An attractively laid out pedestrian approach to this park creates a very positive first impression. This high standard was maintained for all of Lloyd park - it was spotless throughout. All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good condition e.g. paving, bollards, ornamental trees, signage (visitor information signage, use of park signage, dog fouling etc.). A relatively new development in park environments are the 'No Smoking' signs to be found and there was one at this park. Lloyd Town Park is a credit to the users and those responsible for the maintenance of same.''

Clonminch Wood: Grade A. ''There was a complete absence of litter throughout the residential area of Clonminch Wood. The central grass area had been recently cut and the overall impression was of a well cared for environment.''

Parking at O'Connor Square: Grade A. ''The area surveyed was the 'on-street' parking facility. The overall impression created was a positive one with a virtual absence of litter throughout.''

Columcille Street: Grade A. ''A main shopping street, Columcille Street got the top litter grade, but only just. It is at risk of becoming littered due to the several litter problems in a lane-way beside Travel Agent. The side street at Supermacs and Papa-John's suffers from severe cigarette butt problem.''

Patrick Street: Grade A. Patrick Street presents very well with attractive floral displays and seating at restaurant area. Many of the premises along Patrick Street were freshly presented.''

Bridge Centre Shopping Centre and IMC Cinema Complex: Grade B. ''The presence of a wide variety of food related litter took away from an otherwise well presented environment. The tree planting / shrubbery certainly break up the large expanse of car parking.''

Canal Walk at Convent View: Grade B. ''There was a very definite litter presence along this route, both on the path and at the water's edge - mostly fast food wrappers and alcohol related.''

Tullamore GAA Centre: Grade B. ''Much of the litter to be found at this site was in the perimeter of the car park - a more thorough approach to cleaning could easily address this issue. There was one pink clothing recycle unit within - this was flush against the stone wall, with no opportunity for the stuffing of items behind.''

N80 Tullamore to Portlaoise Connecting Road: Grade B. ''As well as the food related litter there was also some plastic wrapping - often a feature of rural roads. Such litter was found within both Co Laois and Co Offaly.''

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