Thursday, 16 April 2015

Muir tackles littering in fight to protect local beauty spots

I am calling on the new Ards and North Down Council to tackle the borough’s growing litter problem. Both myself and Alliance Councillor Gavin Walker have been approached numerous times by concerned residents – after a busy Easter holiday period left many local hot tourist spots covered in litter.

North Down is a popular destination for many during the spring and summer seasons, but can’t be left strewn with litter after busy public holidays.

During the Easter period both Councillor Gavin Walker and I were approached by residents concerned about the growing litter problem in areas including Donaghadee, Bangor Town Centre and at NI Environment Agency Beaches in both Helen’s Bay and Crawsfordsburn – this cannot continue into the summer months.

The new Ards and North Down Council has a responsibility to take action.  Not only in being more proactive in enforcing littering by-laws going forward, but working with all the relevant agencies such as NIEA to focus on clearing up litter over public holidays.

But I believe the Council could go further, and intend to call on the Council to work with Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful to organise and co-ordinate borough-wide Spring Clean initiatives next Spring.  Not only will this help protect our natural environments, but will also encourage the general public not to drop litter.

North Down is a renowned area of natural beauty – let’s work together to keep it clean and green for future generations.

Referring to the disappointing level of litter clean up in Donaghadee post-Easter, Councillor Walker said:  “Donaghadee is a popular destination for visitors over bank holidays and we need to ensure that they, along with the residents and businesses in town, can be assured an outstanding and litter-free town.”

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