“Riverside Walk ours”

ARDEE Town Council is planning a clean-up and Community Day at the Riverside Walk on Saturday 28 April.

ARDEE Town Council is planning a clean-up and Community Day at the Riverside Walk on Saturday 28 April.

The suggestion for the move to reclaim the walk for the people of the town came from Cllr Jim Tenanty.

Cllr Tenanty said the best way to keep the Walk as an amenity that all can enjoy is to get people involved in keeping it right and having pride in it.

He suggested a clean-up and community day when everyone could come together and reclaim the recreational amenity as their own.

For some time now, the Riverside Walk has become a troubled spot with anti-social behaviour and teenage drinking the main problems.

“This Walk is ours,” Cllr Tenanty said. “We should ask the county council environment section to provide refuse bags and we we get people together for a couple of hours in a social environment it would send out the signal that this is not an unoccupied area, thatit belongs to the people and they use it.

“When a place is occupied it is less likely to be vandalised.”

Clr Pearse McGeough said the council should write to Ardee Community School who submitted some suggestions for improving the Walk and invite them to take part.

Cllr Leonard Hatrick agreed and said schools played a major part in environmental improvement.

Arde Community School is one of the few schools in the country with Green Flag status. Cllr Dolores Minogue said the Community Day should compliment the great work done by CE workers.