LIMERICK City Council has become the first local authority in the country to ban leaflet drops during the hours of darkness.
At the monthly meeting of the council, Fine Gael councillor Jim Long’s motion - to introduce a bye-law to prevent leaflets and requests for items of clothing being delivered to houses between 10pm and 8am - was unanimously approved by members.
City Hall management will introduce the bye-law in the next few weeks, with the news set to provide a welcome boost to hundreds of residents.
The law will cover bags and leaflets calling on residents to donate unwanted clothes to charities. Cllr Long has appealed to residents to remain vigilant and report and such collection requests and leaflets to the City Council.
“The first thing people need to do now is not to produce any bags of clothes or material. When people do get a leaflet [like this], it shows a collection date. I would ask people to look out for the vans or vehicles, and keep a note of the registration,” said Cllr Long.
He added: “There are an awful lot of people being disturbed by this practice. People are entering properties as early as 3am and up to five o’clock. This tells its own story - that there is something dubious going on. Letterboxes are rattling, lights are going off. And once you wake the elderly, they tend to stay awake. People who are trying to go to work are disturbed from their nights sleep. It was in that context, I sought this motion.”