MR Richard Barry chairman of Louth Tidy Towns Together, the network of Tidy Towns groups in the county, has asked all election candidates and their supporters not to displaying posters in village centres and any landscaped areas, including entrances to towns and villages, during this election campaign.
Mr Barry has asked all those electioneering to remove all posters, including plastic ties, immediately following election day rather than waiting the seven days provided for under to act.
In a letter to all concerned, Mr Barry said the removal of plastic poster ties has been an issue in almost all areas in previous elections, and it very frequently falls to people in the voluntary sector to remove them in their own areas in the interest of tidiness. “I am sure that you will appreciate that this is an unfair imposition on our already overburdened volunteers,” he said, “so we would ask all candidates to ensure that ties are removed promptly and disposed of properly.
Our request is effectively driven by the strides being made by local communities over in recent years to promote and improve the appearance of our county.”
Mr Barry who also chairman of Tallanstown Tidy Town, said the number of people coming to Tallanstown has increased following the village’s overall victory in the 2010 National Tidy Towns Competition.
Tallanstown will represent Ireland in the international Communities in Bloom competition and the All-Ireland Best Kept Town Awards. “I’m sure you can see how important it is,” Mr Barry tells the politicians, “that we aim to present all our towns and villages in a neat and tidy manner at all times, not only for the benefit of our own communities but also to ensure each location is presented at its best in order to attract, and impress, much-needed visitors to the county.
“Your assistance with our request will not only reinforce the idea of civic pride and support the efforts of our Tidy Towns groups who have brought national and international recognition to our county but also, very importantly, will send a positive message that litter and clutter is not acceptable, in any format, in Louth.
“I thank you in anticipation of your co-operation in the matter.”
Tallanstown was honoured by Louth County Council for its achievement in the national Tidy Towns event.
Mr Barry said winning the national title can be used to promote tourism and industry in Louth. He said they could not have done it without the support of Louth County Council management and staff and the great CE scheme staff who did tremendous work over those years in making Tallanstown a beautiful place to live and visit.