Litter a priority for city’s 2012 Tidy Towns efforts

Kilkenny is going to have to tackle the issue of litter if it wants to take the top prize in next year’s Tidy Towns awards, according to a council official.

Kilkenny is going to have to tackle the issue of litter if it wants to take the top prize in next year’s Tidy Towns awards, according to a council official.

At Monday’s Borough Council meeting, senior engineer Kieran Fitzgerald outlined a comparison of the city against seven top-scoring towns – which found that the areas of litter control and tidiness have been Kilkenny’s biggest shortfalls.

In categories such as overall development approach, built environment, wildlife and natural amenities, and landscaping, Kilkenny is on par with the others or ahead of them, he pointed out.

But Kilkenny came last in the ‘tidiness’ category among the comparison towns and also had a “disappointing” mark for litter control, Mr Fitzgerald said.

In litter control, the city was eight marks behind Emly and Lismore, and three behind overall winner Killarney – “and those three marks would win it”, he noted, because Kilkenny’s total score of 308 was just two marks behind Killarney’s 310.

St Canice’s Place

Mayor Fitzgerald said it was also disappointing that the Tidy Towns adjudicators had singled out St Canice’s Place, but Cllr Seán Ó hArgáin (Lab) said he was “not a bit surprised”.

“I think St Canice’s Place is becoming a bit of a menace. It is being populated by a very undesirable group of people,” he said. “A number of serious incidents have taken place in the area.”

Cllr Joe Reidy (FF) said, however, that the city should still be very proud of winning the award for Tidiest Large Urban Centre two years in a row, even if it didn’t take the top prize.