Athlone is the second cleanest of all towns surveyed by An Taisce in the latest Irish Business Against Litter survey.
Roscommon has reclaimed Cleaner than European Norms status, taking 8th position out of 40.
The An Taisce report for Roscommon states that: Roscommon regains its rightful place in the top 10 of the IBAL rankings, let down only by the Recycle Facility at Tesco Car Park, which has been a poor site in previous IBAL surveys. Several top-ranking sites deserve a special mention. Loughnaneane Park, a wonderful expanse of green space, just moments from the Main street, was excellent with regard to presentation and maintenance. The pedestrian approach to Loughnaneane Park was much improved on previous IBAL surveys, when alcohol related litter had been a real issue. The Main street was well presented with all aspects of the area surveyed in very good order. Despite some ‘vacant’ premises at the Harrison Centre it was a very clean and tidy environment.
Past winner Longford, meanwhile, has slipped to 28th and is deemed Clean to European Norms. Judges say: the majority of the sites surveyed were either top ranking or moderately littered, with one seriously littered site – a derelict site on Chapel Lane. This wasn’t just casually littered but subject to long-term abuse and neglect. St. Mel’s Cathedral and St. Mel’s Road car park were both top ranking they weren’t just good with regard to litter but also presented very well. The residential area of Annaly park just missed getting the top litter grade due to litter along the back lane.
Killkenny is the cleanest area in the country.