Parks & streets missing standard 3 February 2017
One in seven NI streets and parks miss litter standard (via BBC News)
By Conor Macauley
One in seven of Northern Ireland streets and parks failed to meet the accepted standard for litter last year, despite tens of millions of pounds being spent by councils on clean–ups.
Eleven hundred sites were surveyed with 15% having “widespread” litter.
Worst affected areas were industrial estates with more than a third failing to meet the standard.
Areas of low density housing did best with virtually all rated clean or very clean and some totally free of litter.
Between them the 11 councils spent more than £43m on cleansing, according to the survey for Keep Northern Ireland beautiful.
Spokesman Chris Allen said it was clear councils were “struggling to keep pace with people’s irresponsible habits”.
He said the average cost to every ratepayer in Northern Ireland was £58 a year.