On Sunday 26th February, a coordinated town centre litter pick took place, led by Mayor Michelle Hall, Robert Murray of Drogheda & District Chamber, Kevin Callan and Gerry Leydon of Drogheda Tidy Towns, and Declan Kierans of LoveDrogheda BIDs. Sonia Micallef of the Barefood Company and Collette Nugent of the Market Bar came out to lend their support alongside some local residents’ associations representatives from Ashfield and Liscorrie. The event was delivered as part of a coordinated effort to help improve Drogheda’s appearance and was in direct response to the latest IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) report issued in January, where Drogheda was announced as ‘moderately littered’ and ranking 32nd out of 40 in areas surveyed nationwide.
The #LookingGoodDrogheda initiative is about highlighting all that is beautiful in the town. It makes sense for the business and community groups to work together in achieving better results for the town, “I’ve been working closely in partnership with the Chamber, BIDS, Louth County Council and Drogheda Tidy Towns over the past number of months to set out a joint strategy in tackling this issue head on”, explained Mayor Hall.
Search #LookingGoodDrogheda on socialmedia! Photo by PaulConnor, L-R: (Back row) Gerry Leydon, Drogheda Tidy Towns; Sonia Micallef, TheBarefood Company; Emilia Mokrauz, Liscorrie Residents’ Association; Siobhán(local volunteer); Anna (local volunteer); Cllr. Michelle Hall, Mayor; RobertMurray, Drogheda & District Chamber; Anna (local volunteer); ColletteNugent, The Market Bar; Declan Kierans, LoveDrogheda BIDs / Pain Factory; andMadeleine Heeney, Ashfield Drogheda Residents’ Association. (Front row) Amber(local volunteer) and Chloe (local volunteer).
“Joining forces with the business and community organisations is crucial and is already proving to be successful. We are committed to working together on this project and our key objective is to establish Drogheda within European norms for litter management as soon as possible”.
The local public is invited to take part in the initiative by posting their #LookingGoodDrogheda photos on social media – ensuring they include the hashtag, so that people from all over the world can get a glimpse of our beloved town by searching online with the tag.
Next litter pick is planned for Sunday 26th March and anyone interested in participating can reach out to any of the lead organisations or keep an eye on social media for details.