Congratulations – St. Kieran’s Crescent community clean up!

Congratulations to all  St Kieran’s Crescent residents  assisted by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful who undertook  a clean up and spring clean of their estate.  Good weather  allowed for   a lot of work  of work be undertaken. Green waste from edge trimming and weeding was all taken for composting, three shopping trolleys were returned to the supermarket.  A litter collection also took place.

 

Deep clean under way!

Why not take part in our  KKB deep clean  “spring cleans ” as part of the Kilkenny City   National Spring Clean events! Our  aim is to  go deep into the  bushes and verges and concentrate in particular on the removal  of  plastics which are not biodegradable.

The statistics tells how bad it  can be on our County roads due to  our “disposable” society; 100 drink cans, 43 paper cups and 127 plastic bottles were  found in a recent Kilkenny Co Co survey on just 1km of country  roadside!  It  is interesting to note that no plastic bags were  listed.  The 15c tax on each plastic bag has been  a success.

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful did a plastic bag survey in Kilkenny City in 2000 and found over 200 discarded plastic bags  in just one section of 1/2km roads edge.

We need the political courage to finally arrange to put a returnable 25c deposit (or more) on drink cans and plastic bottles.

For “paper” cups ( which also contain plastic) why niot consider a 25c tax an encouragement to use  suddenly this “trash”  is actually  of value and the problem will  disappear like the plastic bag !

iur City ring road cycle and walk way, spring cleaned!

Kells road path and cycle way at entry to into our City

 

 

Kilkenny    ” cleaner than European norms” in latest 2017 IBAL survey  

The Irish Business Against Litter results for  2017 have been  announced.

Kilkenny City,  a three times in a row winner has achieved excellence again  with  the coveted   ” cleaner than European norms”    status and   joint 6th in the overall rankings for 2017.

Congratulations to Ennis on their receipt of a No.1 ranking in 2017

Kilkenny Castle in winter sun

 

Kilkenny City and Formigine

Formigine  completed a joint Clean up  with Kilkenny Clty on the 23rd September.  As a clean up was taking place in Formigine in Italy,  in Kilkenny  Keep Kilkenny Beautiful coordinated a Joint Clean up day also.

It is proposed to have a formal twinning  next May, currently there is a friendship agreement in place.

Some of the Clean up day team commencing at Loughboy in Kilkenny.

Colourful planting on Nuncio road seen during the clean up event

New sitting  area at entrance to Kilkenny city on Waterford road with community orchard

Community apple trees are now in fruit through out our City, these trees are located along the City ring road providing  autumn colour and fruit.

 

Busy Class from Colaiste Pobail Osrai

 

Congratulations to all the pupils from Colaiste Pobail Osrai for all their hard work and their spring clean of the pedestrian and cycle way serving the Fairways, Beech Lawns, the Orchard and Pococke.

On 27th April,  16 first year students, with their teacher Caoimhin, picked up litter along the Fairways walk way. They were participating in Neat Streets, an anti litter programme for Secondary Schools. After 90 minutes 18 bags of rubbish and a trolley had been removed. Great credit is due to the friendly and enthusiastic students of Colaiste Pobail Osrai for the smashing job they did.

Kilkenny achieves No1 in the IBAL survey 2016

Kilkenny’s position as Ireland’s tidiest town has been further confirmed in the 2016 IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) survey which has been just released. Kilkenny has achieved No1 in the latest survey  with Enniscorthy and Kildare receiving joint second.

The result reflects the hard work being undertaken by all our our Community  in Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful.

kilkenny railway station

Kilkenny:  1st out of 40 towns / cities surveyed.  Cleaner than European Norms.

 

Yet another success for Kilkenny with nine out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. What sets Kilkenny and other very high scoring towns apart is not just the lack of litter but the care and attention in the presentation of the environment. Kilkenny even has an example of a vacant building on Tholand Street which, although vacant, was still carefully presented.  Other examples of  very good sites were Kilkenny Train Station (Exterior), Riverbank and Market Cross Shopping Centre. 

 

Kilkenny Train Station – Exterior:  Grade A.  This was an excellent site.  Abundant flowering at the bottom of the steps and wheelchair ramp are a lovely feature.  All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order and there was a complete absence of litter throughout.

 

Kilkenny Train Station – Interior:  Grade A. The interior of the station was pristine.  The seating, bins, plants and hanging baskets etc. were all in excellent order.  The walls were adorned with plenty of sepia photographs, a nice touch to the station interior.

 

John Street:  Grade A.  This shopping street made the top litter grade, but only just.  The general presentation was good with attractive paving, hanging baskets and shop fronts.

 

St. John’s Junior School:  Grade A.  A neat and clean environment which was well presented and maintained.  No major litter issues to report.

 

River Bank:  Grade A.  This was a lovely setting which has been very carefully maintained.  The lawns running down to the riverbank were immaculately cut and abundant flower boxes lined some stretches of the river.  The whole area surveyed was spotless throughout.

 

Market Cross Shopping Centre:  Grade A.  This is a town centre shopping centre – between High Street and James’s Street.  Like so many other features in Kilkenny it has been very attractively laid out with paving, seating, plants etc. all contributing to the overall appearance.  It was free of litter throughout.

 

Vacant Building beside Tholand:  Grade A.  The street level of this building has been covered in newspapers.  While unoccupied, it was neat and clean and located beside some more wonderful flower boxes and hanging baskets which added a nice splash of colour.

 

Bottle Bank:  Grade B.  (beside ESB  substation  / box) On first impression all appeared in good order at this small bottle bank facility.  The bins themselves were generally clean and the front was mostly clear of litter.  However, the area to the rear of the bins had a definite litter presence – cans, fast-food wrappers and glass bottles were the most prevalent types of litter found.

 

N77 Durrow Approach Road:  Grade A.  This was an excellent route in and out of Kilkenny.  The road surface, signage and markings were in good order and the cycle paths and grass areas to the side of the road were well maintained – a top ranking site throughout.

 

N10 Carlow – Kilkenny Connecting Road:  Grade A.  All appeared in very good order along this route –  the overall impression was of a well planned and executed route which was fresh, clean and tidy.

The Worlds End Bar on ohn street

The Worlds End Bar on John street