A crowded West Street looking resplendent during the Fleadh last August. Photo: Andy Spearman.
The Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) Anti-Litter League has ranked Drogheda 7th out of 40 towns and cities surveyed in 2018 and that it is cleaner than European norms.
In their report the judges said that all the approach roads to the town got the top litter grade, creating a positive first impression of the town.
Other top ranking sites of note were Old Abbey Lane and West Street – the latter’s paving and streetscape were said to be particularly good. There were no heavily littered sites.
Comments from the judges’ report include:
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R118 Approach from the North: Grade A. The overall impression created along this route was a good one with plenty of large planter boxes. There wasn’t any visible litter along the area surveyed.
Old Abbey Lane: Grade A. The presentation of this historic site was very good with all aspects of the area surveyed in very good condition. There was a complete absence of litter throughout.
Recycle Facility at Trinity Road: Grade B. As well as broken glass on the ground there were cans, sweet papers and fast-food wrappers. These litter items take away from an otherwise well-presented and fresh facility where the recycle units were in good condition.
Trinity Street: Grade B. There was a very definite litter presence along Trinity Street, the level was such that it was verging towards a Grade C status. The litter bins were full / overflowing, further contributing to the litter situation. The main litter items were fast-food wrappers with lower levels of coffee cups, chewing gum and cigarette butts.
Former Corrigan’s Pub: Grade A. This disused premises presented poorly with paint peeling, creating quite a considerable blight on the streetscape. There was a virtual absence of litter - care needs to be taken to ensure that litter doesn’t begin to accumulate.
Corn Exchange Buildings: Grade A. The built environment of this historic site was in good order and the overall impression created here was a positive one. There was minimal litter throughout.
West Street: Grade A. The paving and road surfaces have been recently improved creating a fresh impression along West Street. Ornamental trees, bollards and general streetscape were very good. It was excellent with regard to litter.
Riverside Walk: Grade A. There was a virtual absence of litter at this site. Council inspired graffiti was a feature here.
R132 Dublin Approach Road: Grade A. This road created a very good first impression of Drogheda – all aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order.
N52 – M1 Connecting Road: Grade A. This route got the top litter grade, but only just. Some parts were in much better condition in terms of litter than others.
Established in 1996 by businessman Dr Tom Cavanagh, Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) is an alliance of companies sharing a belief that continued economic prosperity – notably in the areas of tourism, food and direct foreign investment – is contingent on a clean, litter-free environment. In addition, IBAL believes all citizens have the right to a clean living environment.