MAYOR Michael Sheahan says he is “surprised” at Limerick’s low placing in the latest Irish Business Against Litter league.
Limerick has fallen from 25th to 36th place and is now seen as ‘Moderately Littered’ in the 40-town twice-annual survey.
An Taisce inspectors appointed by IBAL have assessed a number of sites around the city centre, and the verdict is that the city has fared poorly, with a number of Grade Cs and Ds.
However, there was praise for Limerick’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, as well as Ellen Street and Merchant’s Quay.
The inspectors were critical of the Red Church building at the corner of Lower Mallow Street and Henry Street, plus a derelict site at Rice’s Corner, as well as litter on the 1916 Memorial at Sarsfield Bridge.
They described this as being “in a terrible state. Not only were there heavy levels of food-related litter on the spital stone steps/in the basement area and graffiti, but weeds were widespread. It has suffered dreadful abuse and neglect”.
The gardens in housing estate beside Westgate Apartments were described as “littered”, while the site at Rice’s Corner was branded “the worst site surveyed in Limerick”.
Mayor Sheahan said the survey is only a “snapshot in time” in Limerick, and does not think it is a fair reflection.
“I walk around the city a lot, and I am very impressed with the standard of cleanliness and the appearance of our streets. I felt from the people to the local authority, there was a concerted effort being made in Limerick,” he said.
He said Limerick’s ranking depends on the spot the inspectors land at.
The inspectors surveyed areas both in the city centre, and on the approaches into the urban area.
The town at the bottom of the survey was Farranree in Cork, which is considered a litter blackspot, while Kilkenny is named as Limerick’s cleanest city.