Community clean up service set to expand

Owen Hickey

Reporter:

Owen Hickey

SERVICES at Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre are set to receive a significant expansion in what is a big boost for the area.

SERVICES at Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre are set to receive a significant expansion in what is a big boost for the area.

The estates of Ballinacurra Weston, Prospect and Greenfields will benefit from the decision to expand the community centre’s estate management initiative.

The estate management team - Katherine Kirby, Anthony Collins, William Moran and Dermot McNamara - aim to keep the estates in the Our Lady of Lourdes area tidy and safe, with daily clean ups as well as maintenance of green areas taking place.

CEO of Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group Ltd, Lee-Ann Kennedy Purcell says the upgrade will ensure a more efficient service and ultimately result in a much cleaner environment for locals.

“What it will mean is, rather than the employees having to use individual units to clean the area, they can go around in the pick-up truck and put any bags of rubbish they collect on the back of it.

“We’re absolutely thrilled, the area itself has come on an awful lot in appearance even in the last few weeks.

“The locals are delighted with it as well, they’ve been coming up to the lads cleaning and saying how happy they are with the work they’re doing,” said Ms Kennedy Purcell.

The estate management pick-up truck can now be seen out in the community and has greatly enhanced the capacity of the estate management team in the upkeep of the area.

The estate management group will shortly be in a position to purchase a ride-on lawnmower which will be a huge advantage to the area.

Estate management first started in the area in the late 1990s in the OLOL Community Services Group with the support of PAUL Partnership and Limerick City Council, who assisted the local community organisation in developing its own estate management service.

The estate management committee is well served primarily by local residents as well as community workers.

The work continues and is made possible by the estate management team, local volunteers and also Limerick City Council, Limerick Regeneration Agencies, the RAPID Programme, POBAL and Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group. All of these groups work in partnership to provide the best service to the community in the management of the estate. The team is now expanding with the addition of workers from the Government employment scheme ‘Tus’, who will be placed with Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group and who will assist those already working in the area.

For further information on the scheme, contact Our Lady of Lourdes Community Services Group Ltd at 061 228596.