Praise for clean city despite some blackspots

Plunkett Station, Waterford

WATERFORD city has been praised in the latest litter survey report but there is criticism for Ballybeg, the bring centre outside the Bus Eireann depot and a number of sites which have been used for dumping.

The city is rated Cleaner than European Norms in the final litter survey of 2019 by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL). It occupies eleventh spot in the ranking of 40 towns and cities. But Ballybeg has failed to retain its ‘clean’ status of 2018 and is rated ‘moderately littered’.

The An Taisce report for Waterford city centre says: “Waterford city continues to score highly … the Waterford Walls initiative is very much a feature throughout the city – this project is something that could easily be replicated in other towns / cities throughout the country.”

many top ranking sites in Waterford city

The report praises “many top ranking sites in Waterford city” particularly the People’s Park, the court house, the cultural quarter, Barronstrand Street, the River Walk and Plunkett Train Station.

It criticises the Bring Centre outside the Bus Eireann Depot – “the overall presentation was a very poor one” – and a “heavily littered stretch of road (at) Penrose Street.”

The report for Ballybeg says: “It is disappointing that in both IBAL surveys in 2019, Ballybeg failed to retain the ‘clean’ status it had earned the previous year. Fewer than half of the sites examined were free of litter.” It says that “by far the lowest ranking site was common land by St. Saviour’s GAA Club – this wasn’t just littered but subject to major dumping.”


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