Kildare Town named as the Irelands Cleanest Town
Kildare County Council is delighted that Kildare Town has been judged the cleanest town in the country in the annual Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) litter survey. The award was accepted on behalf of the town by Councillor Mark Stafford who attended the event on 3rd January along with officials of the Council as well as representatives of the local tidy towns group.
County Kildare has been very committed to this competition since its inception approximately 10 years ago and, in the past, it has also been represented by Leixlip, Celbridge, Maynooth, Naas, Newbridge and Athy. While steady progress has been made over the years, this is the first occasion in which any of its towns have been shortlisted. Ultimately, Kildare Town succeeded in the face of very strong opposition from Ashbourne, Roscommon, Thurles and Waterford City. Arising from this victory, Kildare Town will be the proud beneficiary of a public art piece to the value of €40,000, the details and design of which will be considered in due course.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Joe Boland, Director of Services, paid tribute to all concerned and stressed that this was very much a collaborative effort involving the local community, the elected members as well as the staff of the County Council. He also referred to the broader economic and tourist benefits associated with a clean environment. Indeed, Kildare Town is progressing more and more in a very positive vein, becoming a significant regional centre and tourist destination in its own right.
The judging of this competition is carried out independently by An Taisce on behalf of IBAL. It is pleasing to note that Kildare Town secured Grade A status for all of its major sites including; the Heritage Centre and environs, playground and park, approach roads as well as residential and commercial areas. Particular tribute was paid to the Dublin/Claregate Street area where considerable work was done to upgrade derelict sites, including murals and artwork in conjunction with a local school. The cleanliness of approach roads was also cited as being to a particularly high standard and the importance of this aspect has been stressed by the judges in recent years.
The dedication and hard work of Council staff was also highlighted as well as the active involvement of the local Tidy Towns group and Chamber of Commerce. It is a very good example of the local authority working hand-in-hand with the local community. The weekly voluntary clean-ups by local groups, particularly of residential areas, would also prove to be a key ingredient of overall success.
Kildare Town now looks forward to continuing the very positive momentum which has been created and is now currently developing very exciting plans for the future particularly in the context of the annual Tidy Towns competition.
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