The regional launch of the “Back to Beauty” initiative took place in Áras an Chontae, Mullingar this week. This new initiative is give support to community groups who want to tackle a black spot in their area. The scheme is being established to give longevity to the National Spring Clean that runs for the month of April. Cathaoirleach Frank McDermott launched the scheme and stated that “this initiative is welcomed in every corner of the county and is a great opportunity for communities to get involved and be supported in their endeavours by the Local Authorities”. He continued “community groups, Tidy Towns, Residents Associations and individuals together with the County Councils do tremendous work fighting the battle of illegal dumping and fly tipping and extra support like this will make a massive difference to any group that gets involved”.
In 2016 Westmeath County Council received and investigated 898 reports of littering offences. Ruth Maxwell, Westmeath County Council, stated “while every complaint is investigated the lack of evidence to prosecute can be a problem”. She continued “Westmeath County Council have a freephone number to report illegal dumping/fly tipping – 1800 819 000 and every call received will be investigated”.
Gary Brady, Environmental Awareness Officer, with Longford County Council was in attendance for the launch. “Longford County Council were anxious to run this campaign as a regional initiative as working and promoting it on a regional basis will deliver a stronger impact”.
Anyone interested in applying for assistance under the “Back to Beauty” can submit the information below to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to R. Maxwell, Environment Department, Westmeath County Council, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar;
Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 03/05/2017