LIMERICK has received an “excellent score” in the latest Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) report.
An Taisce, which carries out the twice yearly survey on behalf of IBAL, said Limerick city had received “one of the best in all the years of IBAL Anti-Litter surveys”, climbing to 17 in the list of town and cities surveyed across the country, up from 36th spot last year.
It said the city and the Thomondgate/Garryowen area - assessed for the first time and clocking in at 29 in the list - were “clean to European norms”. Cleanliness levels were up overall, with 75% of areas at least as clean as European norms, the report said.
“An excellent score for Limerick, one of the best in all the years of IBAL Anti-Litter surveys,” it said. “Sites have improved greatly, as has the overall presentation and maintenance of the city. Perhaps this is due to the investment for Limerick City of Culture in 2014; whatever the reason, Limerick city was looking very well.”
The report singled out “well presented sites” such as John’s Square, the Hunt Museum, Bishop’s Quay and Bank Place. It added that “it wasn’t only the city centre sites which scored well – many of the approaches were also in good order. This is a marked improvement compared to several years ago”.
The report on the Thomondgate/Garryowen stated: “This is the first time that this area of Limerick City has had dedicated sites – it has scored well with six out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade.”
Killarney topped the list and, with over 40 towns and cities surveyed, none were branded as ‘blackspots’ or ‘seriously littered’ for the first time ever.