Fermoy’s 8th place finish in the 2016 IBAL competition has been described as ‘a positive result that highlights the cohesive work undertaken by the various organisations and businesses working in the town’ by the project manager with Fermoy Tidy Towns, Paul Kavanagh.
Mr Kavanagh added however, that the judges’ report clearly highlights one significant blackspot area in the town that cost Fermoy dearly in the annual competition.
Fermoy received 10 Grade A results and one Grade C result, the latter being the recycling bank opposite the council building on the Courthouse Road. Mr Kavanagh told The Avondhu: “The problem with the Courthouse Road site is (a) it’s private property, (b) the bins are private and (c), it’s beside a derelict site. So you can pull in there with your car in the dead of night, throw your bag and off you go.
‘We would be in the top five and could have been a winner here, that’s how annoying it is’
“All the businesses in the town are coming to the fore. They’re putting someone in charge of looking after litter, everybody is working together and this one thing lets us down. We would be in the top five and could have been a winner here, that’s how annoying it is. I’m delighted in one way, but the ‘C’ killed us, we never got a ‘C’ in our lives.”
Paul went on to say that everything and anything is being thrown in behind there – ‘cots, highchairs, everything’.
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