Farranree should be excluded from the next litter survey

Farranree should be excluded from the next litter survey
Farranree is regularly listed as a litter blackspot, a label local councillors say is unfair.

COUNCILLORS on the city's northside are calling for Farranree to be excluded from the forthcoming IBAL litter survey.

The area has been labelled a 'blackspot' on a number of occasions in recent years.

Members of IBAL appeared before a meeting of Cork City Council's environmental committee this week, with elected members claiming that it is 'unfair' to compare Farranree to areas like Killarney, Kilkenny or Cork city.

Local councillor Kenneth Collins has lodged a motion with Cork City Council, calling on the local authority to formally request for Farranree to be excluded from the process.

Another survey is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Mr Collins said, "The community is up in arms about it. We want Farranree removed from this process which has just resulted in this negative image of Farranree all over Ireland.

"We learned that Cork City Council requested Farranree to be included in the process, but how they or anyone else can compare it to Killarney or some of the other places on the list is just beyond me."

The Sinn Féin representative criticised the scoring method used in the surveys.

Areas are surveyed on one or two days over a number of months, something that he said does not present an accurate portrayal of the area.

"You don't know what happened on a single day.

"As well as that, the scoring is 33% based on the previous report and 66% based on the current survey. So you could have made efforts to improve and clean up - which we have done in Farranree - and it might not be totally reflected."

The community in Farranree established an environmental committee in response to the issues raised in the IBAL surveys. Their work includes frequent community clean ups, targeting known blackspots.

This is in addition to the Council's street cleaning services which operate in the area several times per week.

In addition to focusing on dumping and littering, previous surveys have penalised Farranree on the basis of damaged street signage, boarded up houses and even worn away road markings.

"How can this be considered litter?," Mr Collins asked.

"So many of these things are beyond our control. We have tackled the littering and the dumping. The area isn't perfect but it is improving, but these other things make no sense.

"To label Farranree as the dirtiest area in Ireland on this basis is not accurate and it is not fair."

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