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Monday, 8th July 2019

New grants to support community action on littering and graffiti

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Household rubbish dumped at the top of the St. Catherine Steps, Chord Road recently.

Despite the fact that Louth County Council spends €1m a year on cleaning up our streets, Drogheda still has a serious problem with litter and dumping.

Sadly littering and dumped rubbish are no strangers to us in Drogheda although the situation with ugly and plain stupid graffiti seems to have improved a bit of late.

From a high of seventh place last year Drogheda sank to 31st place out of 40 urban areas inspected in the Irish Business against Litter (IBAL) recently.

Anyone that cares about the appearance of the town, for residents and visitors, will therefore welcome an announcement today that funding to the tune of €771,500 in grants is being made available to community projects to crack down on litter and graffiti. 

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Making the announcement today, Richard Bruton, T.D., Minister for the Communications, Climate Action and Environment, said that litter and graffiti carried out by the few can have a really negative effect on the whole community. 

“This scheme will give communities the resources to target these activities with focused projects and awareness campaigns” he said.

Grants can cover a broad range of measures to raise public awareness and to stimulate anti-litter and anti-graffiti activity at local level - measures such as local community clean-ups, primary/secondary schools competitions, anti-litter/anti-graffiti materials, videos, posters, information leaflets, and anti-litter/anti-graffiti exhibitions are eligible for grant aid.

A nice red brick wall spoiled by some idiot with a spray can.

Interested parties can apply to their local authority.

Minister Bruton further emphasized his particular concerns related to dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs saying, “I will be requesting Local Authorities to include projects and initiatives particularly focused on increasing public awareness regarding the nuisance and public health issues associated with this anti-social practice” he said.

Litter on a Drogheda street today.

The criteria for Local Authorities in funding Litter and Graffiti Awareness Projects under this scheme are:

  1. Projects/activities should seek to promote greater public awareness and education in relation to litter and graffiti, and should, as far as possible, have a particular focus on involving schools and young people in anti-litter and anti-graffiti action and on voluntary initiatives by community and environmental groups.
  2. Grants should be used, where possible, to leverage local business co-funding of anti-litter and anti-graffiti education/awareness measures.
  3. The maximum grant available in any individual case may be up to 70% of the overall cost of the project, with the balance being met by way of local contribution.
  4. Where a Local Authority is not directly involved in a project, it must be fully satisfied that the project will be satisfactorily implemented.
  5. Projects should be to a high standard and should aim at establishing or replicating best practice in relation to litter education/awareness measures.
  6. Projects in receipt of monies under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund are excluded for grant purposes.
  7. Local Authority staff/plant costs and projects that involve substitute financing of existing programmes are excluded for grant purposes.
The Council street sweeper in action today at Batchelors Lane. Louth County Council spends €1m a year cleaning the streets of Drogheda.
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