An Taisce, who conduct the surveys on behalf of IBAL, found every site examined in the Naas to be “virtually free of litter”. The ‘spotless’ waterside environment at Harbour View, Fairgreen Recycle Facility and Shopping Arcade off North Main Street came in for particular praise.
The national IBAL litter league was established in 1996 and has since become a prestigious annual competition. Naas has been making noticeable strides in IBAL as well the national tidy towns competition where it is now an annual gold medal winner. It has been a key objective of the local tidy towns committee to secure additional marks under the ‘litter and cleanliness ‘ category and, therefore, this award will come as a particular boost according to its Chair, Vourneen Hennessy.
The IBAL Cleanest Town in Ireland title for Naas along with the Crystal Award was formally accepted by Councillor Seamie Moore, Mayor of Naas who was joined by Vourneen Hennessy and Joe Boland, Director of Services, Kildare County Council. In accepting the award, Cllr Moore paid tribute to the work of staff from the various departments of Kildare County Council including environment, roads and parks. In addition, he praised the valuable role played by the local tidy towns volunteers and acknowledged the support of his fellow Naas Municipal District elected members.
Welcoming the award, Joe Boland, Director of Services, Kildare County Council said, “this great win is mainly owed to the spirit of partnership among the staff, elected members and local volunteers as well as the wider community in Naas, and it is also good for business.”
Towns from county Kildare including Newbridge, Leixlip and Maynooth have performed particularly well in recent years, all being deemed to be ‘ cleaner than European norms.’ Kildare Town was previously awarded the cleanest town title in 2016.
Source: Kildare County Council