In the latest Irish Business Against Litter survey, released today, two Kildare towns have placed in the top ten of the rankings. Leixlip and Naas ranked 2nd and 8th respectively out of 40 areas surveyed nationwide. Both Kildare towns were classified as ‘Cleaner than European norms’. With Local Authority cleaning services getting back to normal scheduling after lockdown, and volunteer groups re-engaging in clean ups, many towns around Ireland have seen improvements.
Leixlip has been recognised as the second cleanest town in these rankings. Some sites that received special mentions for their wonderful presentation include Leixlip Spa & Waterfall - Royal Canal, The River Bank, and Captain’s Hill. Alongside these, many other locations in Leixlip received a Grade ‘A’ for cleanliness, the highest mark available. It was noted that great care is paid to any closed down or vacant premises and that many locations had great visitor and historical information notices.
Naas has been recognised as the 8th cleanliest town in these rankings, maintaining its top-ten ranking. There were many top-ranking sites, including the Blessington and Newbridge Approach Roads, The Well Lane Walk & Park, and North Main Street. It was noted that the presentation and maintenance of sites in Naas was particularly impressive, not just the lack of litter.
Welcoming the survey results, Joe Boland, Director of Services, Kildare County Council said; “Seeing two Kildare towns ranked so highly in the IBAL survey is a credit to everyone involved. Kildare County Council’s cleaning schedules along with actively engaged volunteer groups across the county are testament to our collective commitment to keeping our county clean.”