Litter comments anger Farranree residents

Litter comments anger Farranree residents

Cllr Mick Nugent, on Popham’s Road in Farranree, said the “name-and-shame survey is not the way to tackle the litter problem”.

The chief executive of the Irish Businesses Against Litter (IBAL) survey, Conor Horgan, has been invited to Farranree, after saying that the littering in the area “reflects an absence of real community.”

The north side of the city and Mahon were ranked 36th and 37th, respectively, out of 40 areas in the most recent IBAL survey.

Judges said litter had increased in the northside and that plastic pollution was a particular issue.

Graffiti, weeds, poorly maintained shrubbery/grass, broken signage and derelict sites were all listed as issues in Mahon.

“We have seen a worsening of litter levels in economically disadvantaged areas, which dominate the lower placings of our rankings,” says Mr Horgan of IBAL. “What is often lacking in these areas is a sense of ‘pride in place’, which, in turn, reflects an absence of real community.”

Sinn Féin councillor Mick Nugent said the comments and the survey unfairly labelled the areas. “I don’t think the survey is helpful. I think it labels areas. I know they are trying to put pressure on the local authority to clean up areas, but it’s not working.

Conor Horgan of IBAL.
Conor Horgan of IBAL.

“I do want to see litter tackled. There are bylaws coming into place that will, hopefully, help with that. There are a very small number of residents dumping. They don’t take the message that they are hurting the wider community. The IBAL name-and-shame survey is not the way to tackle the litter problem.”

Fellow councillor Kenneth Collins said Mr Horgan’s comments were hurtful. “There is a fantastic community in Farranree. We have an environmental committee set up for the past four years and, as a person who lives in Farranree, I am annoyed.”

Mr Collins invited Mr Horgan to Farranree and Knocknaheeny and said he would like to show him around the area and highlight the community spirit.

“He has no right to say what he said. I think he overstepped his mark. Farranree is an elderly area. The people there do their best for the local area.”

Mr Horgan said he was not criticising the people of Mahon or the northside, but he said that socially disadvantaged areas do not benefit from the same community initiatives, such as tidy towns, as rural towns.

“You have to look for reasons that explain why we don’t see the same progress in certain areas.”

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