Disappointment as Wexford slips from top ten rankings
Dog fouling and litter saw Wexford slip out of top ten rankings of the IBAL league for the first time in its history this year.
District manager Angela Laffan said she was 'very, very disappointed with the IBAL results. We have been consistently in the top ten and it is disappointing to fall to eleventh place.'
She said that three of the ten areas surveyed received a B grade compared to the seven As which saw the town slip down the rankings.
She said the Aldi close to Wexford Hospital had received a B grade for the 'definite litter presence in the shrubbery and flowering around the perimeter and walled areas. These weren't just isolated items and were predominately fast food wrappers, plastic bottles and plastic bags.'
She said the council has written to Aldi about this litter.
Another area which came in for criticism, unjustified criticism in her opinion, was Inisfail Court. She said the report indicated that there was both food and alcohol related litter in the small estate and 'the level of both was such that it could easily become a seriously littered site if not addressed'.
However she said that she had inspected the site herself and found it to be spotless and wondered if the judges had mistaken the estate for another one close by. She said the council would be writing to IBAL about this.
The Quay front was the final area which was marked lowly because of dog fouling. She said that the judges would have given the pretty quay front a top grade only for the presence of dog fouling. 'It's hard to know what to do about this (problem)', she said. 'We talk about enforcement but a lot of this happens early mornings and late evenings when we don't have staff out. The only way it is going to change is if we go out ourselves and take up the mess. Most dog owners are great but there is a small few who don't seem to care. It's a continuous problem that is not going to go away.'
Cllr Fergie Kehoe said it was disappointing when the staff and other people were doing such tremendous work.'
Cllr George Lawlor pointed out that despite slipping down the rankings the town is 'still clean to European norms'.
Cllr Deirdre Wadding suggested that the council erecting the talking lamp posts to combat the problem and Cllr Jim Moore said one local authority had a 50 per cent reduction in dog fouling after investing in such technology.