Swords jumps in litter league

by Gazette Reporter

SWORDS and Dublin Airport environs have been declared Cleaner than European Norms by Irish Businesses Against Litter (IBAL) as part of its final survey for 2014.
This is the third year in a row that Swords has achieved this rating, having been declared Clean to European Standards for some time before that.
After jumpting four places, the rating sees Swords take 14th place in the latest national litter league.
Dublin Airport’s environs jumped 20 places in the rankings in what has been a very big turnaround.
IBAL spokesperson Conor Horgan described the improvement in the environs of Dublin Airport as a “very positive development”, saying that it was “one of the most strategically important areas in the country”.
He added: “The area climbed from 37th to 17th place in the rankings, with the report stating that the approach roads from all directions were generally very good, with seven out of the 10 roads surveyed getting the top litter grade.”
Speaking to The Gazette, the chairperson of Swords Tidy Towns committee, Ken Duffy, said: “Swords Tidy Towns has been doing a lot of work this year on graffiti removal, and bedding plants.
“The latest IBAL report is a testament to all the effort and hard work put in over the past year by the [committee] members.
“Credit must be given to Fingal County Council, who were of enormous assistance to us over the year, particularly those working in the parks department.
“Local business also played its part in this success story with their donations and sponsorships. This allowed us to take on new and more adventurous projects in Swords in 2014 and into 2015.
“We are very grateful to Doosans Ltd, Swords, who volunteered between 30 and 40 of their staff for one day to take on a major painting and graffiti removal project for us.
“We are always on the look-out for new members to get involved in our vision for Swords. If working outdoors is not your cup of tea, we need people to serve on our committees; we need people with computer skills, and schools liaison officers to promote the clean, green message,” he said.
This is a positive start to 2015 for Swords Tidy Towns as the group were disappointed in November when they were turned down for a €25,000 grant as part of the Coca Cola Thank You fund.
They had been shortlisted for a project promoting the development of a walking culture in Swords.
Cllr Darragh Butler (FF) expressed his delight at the achievement and commended the Swords Tidy Towns committee for all of its hard work.
He said: “Excellent news, and congratulations to both Fingal County Council and Swords Tidy Towns for both Swords and Dublin Airport and environs being classified as Cleaner than European Norms.
“These results are very welcome, and very appropriate considering all of the hard work put in.
“I know Ken Duffy has been recruiting new members and has been out almost every weekend improving the appearance of Swords, so I am absolutely delighted for them after all of their hard work.”
People interested in joining Swords Tidy Towns are urged to contact Duffy at 086 600 8313.

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