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Balbriggan And Dublin Airport Environs Excel In IBAL Survey

Balbriggan main street from George’s SquareBalbriggan main street from George’s Square

The County Council is delighted to announce that Dublin Airport Environs and Balbriggan were among the top ten cleanest towns in the business group Irish Business Against Litter’s (IBAL) 2017 survey.

Both were classified as being ‘Cleaner than European Norms, the highest category that can be achieved.

The Dublin Airport Environs came fourth, improving by five places as it came ninth in the overall 2016 report. This is still a significant improvement as the area was classified as a ‘Litter Blackspot’ when first surveyed five years ago.

Meanwhile, Balbriggan was ranked the tenth cleanest town in Ireland. It was also categorised as ‘Cleaner than European Norms’, a fantastic achievement for the area in its first year of being included in the survey.

Welcoming the IBAL report, the Council’s Acting Director of Operations David Storey said: “The Fingal Operations Department is committed to keeping the town and villages in the North County clean. The improvements seen in the 2017 IBAL report highlight the important role of local authorities and communities in driving the desire to reduce litter and keep our county tidy.”
The report was carried out on behalf of IBAL by An Taisce, which surveyed 40 towns.

Council Chief Executive Paul Reid said: “In Fingal, we have a very pro-active Operations Department who work closely with community groups across the county to keep towns clean, making them a better place for people to live, work, visit and do business in. I’m delighted to see these efforts highlighted in the 2017 IBAL Survey.

“The report found that the nine of the ten areas in the Dublin Airport Environs were a Grade A standard. The surveyors noted that the area as a whole was ‘virtually spotless’ and that “not only were the routes very fresh in appearance but the overall impression was of a consistently well-presented series of roads.

“Of the ten areas in Balbriggan inspected, eight were found to be Grade A standard. The surveyors also noted that “great care has been taken with the overall presentation of many sites.”

Mayor Mary McCamley said: “I am extremely proud of Balbriggan for their progress which is amazing in its first year of being surveyed.”

Ennis in County Clare was announced as Ireland’s cleanest town.