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Mixed result in litter survey

Wednesday, 12th June, 2019 5:06pm

A northside elected representative has branded it as “totally wrong” that the area is compared with wealthier areas around the country when it comes to litter.

The latest litter survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) showed that last year’s winner Fermoy was again cleaner than European norms, alongside Midleton. The two towns are the highest placing areas in Cork at 10 and 12 receptively.

Cork city centre is clean, improving one place to 19th in the ranking of 40 towns and cities nationwide, but both Mahon and Cork’s northside remain ‘littered’ despite some improvement.

The survey also revealed that Ireland’s principal tourist towns and cities are cleaner than ever as the peak season for visitors approaches.

Kilkenny topped the rankings, with Ballymun in Dublin a litter blackspot at the foot of the table.

Speaking with the Cork Independent, Sinn Féin Cllr Kenneth Collins, who has been campaigning for the area to be removed from the litter league of 40 areas around the country, said: “It’s totally wrong for the northside of Cork city to be compared with tourist destinations where there is money being pumped in hand over fist to have it spotlessly clean.”

He said that his colleagues had fought to get Farranree out of the league over the past few years, but he said two councillors from Fianna Fáil recommended that all of the northside be included instead, which is what happened this

year.

He added: “Now we’ve gone from wanting Farranree out of it to all of the northside community.”

Cork City Council said that it was pleased that Cork City Centre has again performed well and that this was a testament to the “hard work and dedication of the City Council’s street sweeping crews” who are out seven days a week from early morning to late in the evening.

The rankings in relation Mahon and the North City area are however “disappointing” and do not reflect the work carried out by both the city council and community groups in these two areas, a statement from City Hall read.

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