Dundalk Tidy Towns group has written to the Minister for the Environment asking for the ties on election posters to be coloured so that their identity can be traced.
“People standing for election are entitled to put up posters,” said Willie Duffy, “the problem is that when they take them down they leave the ties on the polls which then have to be removed.
“It the ties had different colours they couold be traced back to their owners and people could be fined for not removing them.
“We have written to the minister asking him to introduce this.”
The local election campaign will really get going in April and election posters will be everywhere. In fairness, most campaign teams take the posters down as soon as possible, but leaving the poster ties on polls is just lazy and if they could be traced it could make a big difference.
At this time of year, every year you hear continuous moaning and complaining about natures normal events - yes I am talking about autumn’s leaf fall which covers our streets
Litter of course is the main challenge of Dundalk Tidy Towns who have been instrumental in the town’s success in the national Tidy Towns competition over the last number of years. We are the only town of its size with so many gold medals in this annual event.
“People drop litter as if it were the most natural thing in the world,” said Willie. Forty-eight per cent of people admit they drop litter which signifies a deep malaise. Many people simply don’t think they are doing anything wrong. Leave the rubbish and dog fouling on the street and someone will pick it up. that is the attitude. They don’t even think about the possibility of acting themselves to keep the streets clean by putting their litter and dog droppings into the bins provided or take it home. They carry out littering regardless and do not consider that it is a health hazard.
“In Austria you could walk for a week and not find a single incident of littering or dog fouling. In Dundalk you can’t walk for five minutes without seeing littering.
“We have sunk as a society. The obligations which should make life bearable are not even recognised let alone adhered to.
“The attitute is it is not really my problem if a child goes blind as a result of my dog’s waste on the street, the parents should have made sure their child did not pick it up. “This is an attitude that has to go.
“We need to strengthen the law to allow litter wardens issue on-the-spot fines. I would suggest €100 for first offence and increasing to €1,000 for second and subsequent offences.
“We also need to change the role of traffic wardens and give them the authority to issue on-the-spot fines for littering. We need to use the CCTV system in the town centre to identify and subsequently issue fines or take court action against individuals or businesses. We also need to devleop a strong public campaign to achieve our goal of a litter free Dundalk,” Mr Duffy said.