Sligo Town is now the 7th cleanest town in Ireland according to the “Irish Businesses Against Litter” (IBAL), who have been conducting regular litter surveys of 50 towns throughout Ireland.
This result is a fantastic improvement from last years results, in which Sligo came last, earning itself the unenviable name of “The dirtiest town in Ireland”, with the highest number of litter blackspots in the country.
Those embarrassing findings prompted a major effort from Sligo‘s local authorities and business community, which meant when the survey was re-done in June, Sligo Town had risen from 50th place to 7th and finishing in the top ten of the litter league for only the second time in the league’s history.
Sligo Borough Council have focussed their efforts on a number of known blackspots around the town over the past 12 months, one of which was identified as being in the Stephen Street Car Park which had been regularly used as a drinking spot.
Over the past year there has been a concerted campaign of tidy ups in the area, and most recently a bench which was used by drinkers has been removed.
Sligo Borough Council have also pointed out their efforts to remove chewing gum from Sligo‘s streets thanks to a radical new cleaning system which was introduced recently.
Another area which were mentioned in previous litter league surveys was the R287 Carrowroe Approach Road which was badly let down by high levels of rubbish which had accumulated in the long grass.
Whilst areas which were praised by the litter league survey were, JFK Parade, which was described as “a lovely environment which is characterised by colourful planting, benches, several litter bins and young trees – clearly very carefully maintained”.
Our Lady of Mercy Primary School.
St Anne’s Church.
Dunnes Stores car park on the Cranmore Road.
and Rose Hill.
Cobh, in County Cork finished in bottom place in this years IBAL survey, while Ballina in County Mayo was described as moderately littered.
Cavan Town came top of this years IBAL Litter League survey whilst Galway came in second and Ennis came in third.