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Friday, 24th June 2022

Businesses and Council react to Drogheda’s poor IBAL performance

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One element that has been noted is the presentation of bins for collection that are overflowing.

The Love Drogheda Business Improvement District and Louth County Council have both reacted to the town’s poor showing in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) league over the past three years.

Over the past three reports Drogheda has ranked 39/40, 39/40 and 38/40. Fly tipping, food, alcohol, PPE, rubbish on footpaths and poor presentation at bring banks have been cited across a series of reports.

Love Drogheda met with the local authority earlier this week to develop an actionable plan to increase Drogheda's ranking to Clean by European Standards and to continue to build on the good work that is being done by so many people, businesses, and community groups on a daily basis to improve Drogheda's reputation as a great place to visit, work and live.

In an email to Love Drogheda business members, Chief Executive Trevor Connolly says that the Council are increasing their sweeps and will commence a power washing rotation for the streets on a weekly basis.

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Love Drogheda BID have agreed to undertake graffiti removal and additional area specific cleans along with targeted action by the tidy towns.

“One element that has been noted is the presentation of bins for collection that are overflowing” Mr Connolly says. “We would ask that each business ensures that their bins are presented in a proper manner and not overflowing.

“If bags are left beside bins they are being opened by animals and birds and creating a scattering of litter which is getting caught in gutters, alleyways, fencing and awkward to reach areas. We need your help to address this.

“We are seeking to work with everyone to improve the appearance of Drogheda across the board and then work on maintaining and building on that by working with local authority, Drogheda Tidy towns, the Chamber of Commerce and all interested stakeholders including you the business community.

(See notification from the local authority regarding litter responsibilities from Louth County Council below).

The Council has said there will be a concentration on fixed penalty notices issued from the 1st of July for those who are not in compliance. They have also noted that they would prefer to see money spent on business appearance and investment rather than fines.

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