Litter awareness highlighted in Ballyshannon as 80 take to streets

At this week’s monthly meeting of Ballyshannon Town Council there was unanimous praise for the recent initiative ‘Operation Transformation’ which saw up on 80 volunteers giving of their time on a wet, windy and Arctic morning but one councillor voiced his concern at the content of some of the litter uncovered.

At this week’s monthly meeting of Ballyshannon Town Council there was unanimous praise for the recent initiative ‘Operation Transformation’ which saw up on 80 volunteers giving of their time on a wet, windy and Arctic morning but one councillor voiced his concern at the content of some of the litter uncovered.

Ms. Mary Daly, Town Clerk told the members that she was on the verge of postponing the event given the Arctic conditions but when she saw the number of enthusiastic volunteers arriving at the council offices she knew that this exercise would prove successful’

“We achieved a lot on that day and the following week when the weather improved, the old buildings at Heatons on the old Bundoran Road were painted - this has made a tremendous difference to people either leaving or arriving into the town.The clean up which is being led by the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group is ongoing and volunteers are always welcome,” she said.

Ms. Daly’s sentiments were echoed by the councillors present but Cllr Pat O’Malley raised the question of obvious evidence in relation to underage drinking in certain parts of the town.

O’Malley said: “ During the clean-up which was a great success, we collected up on 40 empty bottles of empty spirit bottles - vodka, whiskey, gin etc. and an awful lot of empty beer cans and bottles in the Knather area of the town and near the old convent.

“We filled nearly two black bags with them and it is quite obvious that these areas are being used for teenage drinking parties.

“We will have to make some attempt at educating our children of the dangers of binge drinking other wise they are going to develop serious drink problems.”