Public invited to help clean up Limerick ahead of Tidy Towns entry

AN ‘action plan’ to clean-up Limerick city centre is being formulated by a group of business people and interested members of the public.

AN ‘action plan’ to clean-up Limerick city centre is being formulated by a group of business people and interested members of the public.

The plan arised from the recent Limerick Local Heroes Ideas Summit which took place at Thomond Park and aims to kick-start Limerick’s entry into the national Tidy Towns initiative later this year.

In order to start the process, the public are being invited to give two hours of their time this Sunday to join the Tidy Towns team in a clean-up of designated parts of the city centre.

Helen O’Donnell, chair of the Limerick City Business Association raised the idea of tackling the image of the city centre and driving Limerick’s entry for Tidy Towns at the Thomond Park summit.

“The image of the city was clearly a priority at the ideas summit. It was clear, judging by the feedback, that the citizens of Limerick had already embraced the initiative, and Tidy Towns was pretty much on everybody’s mind,” explained Mrs O’Donnell.

“We have now brought members of the Limerick City Business Association, several members of the Limerick Local Heroes initiative group and other interested parties together and have put a plan in place to get the Tidy Towns initiative up and running.

“It is important that action is seen and our first step will be a clean-up of the city at which we hope individuals, families and businesses will come together to show their pride in Limerick city,” she added.

Limerick City Council has announced its support for the initiative and has already taken action around the city.

Mrs O’Donnell explained that the team is currently preparing a “thorough street audit” in order to identify specific needs and the plan is to start by concentrating on the area between Patrick Street, the Shannon, the Crescent and Parnell Street for the first year of the initiative.

This Sunday’s clean-up will take place from 12pm and the group will provide all of the necessary equipment, as well as entertainment for kids.

“We are treating this event as a family fun day and want to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for all concerned. If we can set an example showing that having pride in your city can be fun, then we will have had a great start,” added Helen.

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