Local Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced an allocation of €19,000 to tackle graffiti, dog fouling and litter in Roscommon. This is an increase of €4,000 on last year’s allocation for the county.
Nationwide Minister Naughten is making available a total of €884,000 to 31 Local Authorities under the 2017 Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme (ALAGS). This is a total increase of €194,000 on last year’s allocation.
The Scheme provides funding to local authorities to conduct public awareness and education campaigns at a community level targeting litter, dog fouling and graffiti. Each local authority is responsible for selecting the suitable awareness projects that receive funding. Today’s allocation of €884,000 brings the total grants provided under this Scheme over the last 10 years to almost €15 million.
Announcing the allocation Minister Naughten said: “I am proud to say that Roscommon is improving year on year when it comes to littering, which is proven by our county reaching second place in the recent Irish Business Against Litter national survey rankings. This great achievement is due to the civic pride and hard work of the people and businesses in Roscommon. Within the resources I have as Environment Minister I am proud to support community and voluntary groups and schools in Roscommon with funding that will have tangible impact in our county. Recently, I provided funding of €225,000 – an increase of €57,000 – for the 19th National Spring Clean campaign run by An Taisce which I launched in Loughnaneane Park. More than 300 spring clean events took place in the Roscommon-Galway region alone for this year’s National Spring Clean. I have also doubled the funding available to tackle the scourge of illegal dumping across the country with Roscommon County Council receiving more than €22,000 to fund five clean-up projects including Salmon Lake to Kilnacarrow Bridge Nature Trail, Suck Valley Way and Kilteevan Bog, The Oaks, French Park, Cuilagh, Scramoge. The funding will also be used to buy trail cameras and drone technology will be used to try to catch those responsible for fly-tipping in our county.”
Naughten added: “Today I am pleased to announce a substantial increase in funding to tackle graffiti and littering of all types, including gum, cigarette butts and dog fouling, which is a particular bugbear of mine. Dog fouling is perhaps the most intrusive type of litter and a constant source of annoyance for us all on our streets, in our parks and on our beaches. I would really welcome any initiatives that will increase awareness of this nuisance litter and the many public health risks associated with dog owners not picking up their dog’s waste, particularly for children. Littering is environmental sabotage but money cannot solve our litter problems on its own. It takes a behavioural change across the board and I am confident the awareness campaigns that will be funded through this Scheme at a community level in Roscommon will have a real impact. It’s hugely important for me to support and assist community effort with significant funding and recognition. I want to pay tribute to the passion, energy and dedication of hundreds of local community and voluntary groups, schoolchildren and teachers who are taking their civic responsibilities seriously every single day through the many anti-litter initiatives that they drive across the region for the preservation of our environment,” concluded Minister Naughten.