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Mayor hails Drogheda’s latest gold medal success in Tidy Towns as community win

Cllr Kevin Callan, Mayor of Drogheda, has hailed the town’s achievement in securing a gold medal in TidyTowns 2011 having improved further on its strong 2010 score.

One of only two urban centres of its size in Ireland – along with Dundalk – to achieve gold medal status, Drogheda scored 297 out of 400 marks.

The town scored especially well for the overall development approach (44/50); built environment (42/50); landscaping (40/50); residential areas (33/40) and general impression (9/10).

Welcoming the results, Cllr Callan said: “As Mayor, I’m tremendously proud of the work that is done throughout the year by a great team of Drogheda Borough Council personnel and community activists to deliver a tidy town – something that is especially challenging in an urban area with Drogheda’s large population.

“This is a great community win for Drogheda and I know that the Council works closely in a multi-agency approach with organisations such as FÁS, Drogheda & District Chamber; Leader and the Probation & Welfare Service. There is also close cooperation with local schools through the Green Schools programme with 12 local schools having green flags. That’s tremendously important in encouraging good habits among young people who then become civic champions in their homes and peer groups.

“While we are certainly not immune to the harsh economic climate at present, there are a lot of positive initiatives underway in Drogheda at the moment and all of those working together to deliver success in national programmes like TidyTowns are real ambassadors for their town and are playing a great role in presenting Drogheda in the best possible light for locals and visitors.”

The TidyTowns adjudicators produced a detailed report on Drogheda’s environment. Their feedback included – “The new urban renewal scheme in West St is to a very high standard so well done to all involved. Managing litter in an urban area the size of Drogheda is a major task and we were pleased to note very little litter in evidence on adjudication day. Well done to the various agencies involved, including Drogheda Borough Council for their successful programme…You are making great progress in the continuous improvement of Drogheda.”

The report adds, “The second adjudicator was delighted to be back in Drogheda and to admire all the work that has taken place since he was last in the town. Well done on the fantastic progress you are making and in attracting voluntary support…Businesses deserve special praise for the smart presentation and clean signage throughout. Well done Drogheda – keep up the good work!”

The TidyTowns competition is organised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and sponsored by SuperValu. TidyTowns has been sponsored by SuperValu since 1992. 

Ends – September 6, 2011.

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