Kilkenny City Harriers and KKB successfully completed the City wide litter pick challenge! It was a good day for all. see also Facebook Kilkenny City Harriers
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 City has again been nominated as finalist and ranked third in Ireland in the 2015 IBAL Awards. Congratulations also to Longford, Dungarvan, Dun Laoghaire and Drogheda our co-finalists. We also congratulate Longford on achieving the overall award for 2015.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee wish to acknowledge all of the work which has been completed over the last year by Voluntary Groups and clubs, Residents Associations, Businesses supported by their Associations and Kilkenny County Council in relation to their help in achieving this excellent result for Kilkenny City.
This excellent result follows an unprecedented 3 overall wins by Kilkenny city in the annual survey for the years 2012 – 2014.
Under is the adjudicators report:
Kilkenny: ?? out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.
The Kilkenny sites were excellent. Some towns manage to have the town centre sites in good order but are let down by approach roads – not so with Kilkenny. It is clear that it is a very well respected and cared for environment, particularly those areas associated with Kilkenny Castle.
Approach from Dublin: Grade A. All was in excellent condition along this road and no litter was reported.
Riverwalk by Kilkenny Castle: Grade A. A wonderfully laid out and cared for environment – it was in excellent condition and there was a complete absence of litter throughout.
High Street: Grade A. There were many ‘olde’ style shop fronts along this well presented shopping street – paving and planter boxes were in very good condition. It was spotless.
St. Kieran’s College: Grade A. The area directly outside the entrance was clear of litter and all appeared in good order in the grounds within.
Kilkenny Castle – Outside the grounds: Grade A. The Parade and surrounding area were superb. The overall presentation was excellent and it is clearly very well maintained.
Kilkenny Castle – Grounds: Grade A. Extensive grounds surround the Castle and they were in very good condition. There was a complete absence of litter in the area surveyed.
Recycle Facility: Grade B. A mix of bottle and clothing recycling – a moderately littered site – at the base of the recycle bins.
SuperValu Car Park: Grade A. All was in good order at this car park and the supermarket entrance was spotless.
Rose Inn Street: Grade A. Another excellent town centre site – well presented and freshly maintained with an absence of litter.
Kilkenny Train Station: Grade A. The train station was in good order and very well served by litter bins. There didn’t appear to be any litter.
Kilkenny – Clonmel Link Road: Grade A. This was an excellent route. It passes through two local authorities and there was no major difference between the two in terms of litter.
Kilkenny City is three in a row overall IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) winner. The KKB congratulates all who have worked together in our City to achieve this top award for a record third time.
IBAL has again found that Kilkenny City has reached the highest standards in the country in their recent survey of 40 towns and cities through out Ireland.
Kilkenny City received top marks in the first inspection of 2014. Following the second inspection Kilkenny was short-listed with Cavan, Longford and Tramore for the overall 2014 award. The Judges report is set out under.
Kilkenny: in top four out of 40 towns / cities surveyed. Cleaner than European Norms.
Another clean sweep for Kilkenny – one noticeable feature in Kilkenny was the general presentation of the main shopping streets – it had many independent shops / cafes rather than the usual sameness that so often pervades other towns. The sites weren’t just clear of litter but very attractively presented. As well as the shopping / streets other good sites included the River Bank and Kilkenny Railway Station – it was in pristine condition, both interior and exterior.
N10 Waterford Approach Road: Grade A. The overall presentation of this road excellent. Road surface / markings / signage were in good order and walking / cycling paths were all very impressive.
Patrick Street: Grade A. There were lovely old buildings along this city centre street, some brightly painted, others less so. The overall impression created along this street was a positive one.
River Bank: Grade A. The river bank and immediate environs were in very good condition. The grass was neatly cut, black railings were very fresh and the life-bets, path and ornamental trees were in good order – a top ranking site throughout.
John’s Quay: Grade A. This street is characterised by some very fine old buildings, including Carmegie Library building and some clubs. It is particularly well presented with shrubbery, trees, paving, grass etc. in excellent condition – there was a complete absence of litter.
John Street: Grade A. The individual shops were nicely presented and many had attractive signage. There was lovely brick paving along the footpath. The overall impression created here was a very positive one.
Rose Inn Street: Grade A. A busy street for both pedestrians and traffic – despite high levels of both it was clear of litter. Paving, road surface / markings, bollards etc. were all in very good order.
Kilkenny Railway Station – Interior: Grade A. A very clean and fresh looking station interior. All aspects of the area surveyed were not just clear of litter but in very good condition e.g. seating, flooring, bins etc. – excellent throughout.
Kilkenny Railway Station – Exterior: Grade A. The exterior of Kilkenny station was also excellent. The built environment was in very good order but the station staff are clearly very attentive.
Carlow Approach Road: Grade A. This site got the top litter grade, but only just. Along this road stands a McDonald’s and despite plentiful supply of bins at this site they were not always being used. The road proper was in good order.
N76-66 Link Road – Clonmel – Portlaoise: Grade A. All seemed in good order along this old established route. It was generally a well tended site clear of litter.
Kilkenny has achieved a No.1 result again in the latest Ibal survey .
This result reflects the hard work put in by the City Authorities and all our Voluntary groups over the last number of months. The assessors noted;
“Kilkenny has cemented its position as Ireland’s cleanest city – all sites surveyed got the top litter grade. What sets Kilkenny and other continuously high ranking towns apart is not just the lack of litter but the efforts put into the presentation of the environment e.g. High Street had beautiful new paving and a couple of years ago the approach to Kilkenny Castle was redesigned. The surveyor noted that Kilkenny Train Station (Interior) was almost museum like with historical photographs / notices – a lovely feature.”
Kilkenny City has performed very strongly in the 2013 National Tidy Towns competition. Presentations took place in Dublin on the 9th September 2013. Receiving a total of 313 marks, Kilkenny was placed just 3 marks behind the overall National Tidy Town winner Moynalty, Co Meath. Chairman David Fitzgerald complemented the hard work and commitment of the Citizens of Kilkenny, City Authorities and the many Voluntary Organisations in achieving such a result for Kilkenny City.
Kilkenny city received the following awards:
- South East Regional Award
- Gold Medal
- County Award
- Tourism Towns Award
Kilkenny improved a total of 4 marks in the following categories.
- Overall development approach.
- Litter control.
- Roads streets and back areas.
For further information on our City’s 2013 Report (link). National Tidy Towns
Kilkenny is looking even more beautiful. Last Thursday evening KKB joined volunteers including many from the The Butts area to do a clean up around The Butts and Canices Church area. The area has been so well maintained that everyone arrived back before the hour was up as there was so little rubbish. THIS is the result that KKB is looking for. Well done to all involved
KKB Working Together, Winning Together
Litter Cameras are still doing a great job in Kilkenny. There were two separate fines in the court this week each of almost 2000 Euro when costs were added in.
Check out the story further in the Kilkenny People.