OVER e20,000 has been allocated to Co Louth to help tackle the problem of litter and graffiti in a bid to improve the appearance of towns and villages across the county.
Louth Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick has welcomed the funding, which totals e24,000, following an announcement by Minister for Environment, Phil Hogan.
“Maintaining the appearance of towns and villages across Louth is not only important for the morale of people living in local communities; it is a key factor in driving economic growth and boosting tourism figures,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.
“The funding being provided by Minister Hogan will help local authorities to tackle littering through awareness raising, enforcement and the maintenance of tourist areas.
“A total of e24,000 has been allocated to Louth under the Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Scheme. Using this money, local authorities will be able to select projects that promote greater public awareness and education in relation to litter and graffiti.”
He added: “This includes supporting voluntary initiatives run by community groups, which play such a vital role in the upkeep of our towns and villages.
“This will help with the maintenance of visitor locations such as beaches, scenic areas and approach roads to access points like airports and ferry ports.
“Litter can leave a very poor and lasting impression on visitors, so we must do all we can to ensure popular locations are kept in top shape. We all have a role to play in our own communities.”