The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows Carrick-on-Shannon is deemed “Cleaner than European Norms” in 11th position in the ranking of 40 towns and cities.
The report on Carrick-on-Shannon stated: “A new entrant for 2016, Carrick-on-Shannon has scored very well, with eight out of the town sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. Many of these were not just clear of litter but also very attractively presented e.g. River Walk, Main Street and Bridge Street. The local history society has erected several attractive plaques noting people of interest. There was also a notable presence of ‘Adopt a Street’ plaques. The one site in Carrick which needs attention is the bottle bank at Tesco – it didn’t get into this very poor state overnight.
River Walk: Grade A. This site is deserving of a A+ if such a grade existed. There wasn't a speck of litter along the river walk and the boardwalk between the Tourist Office and up to the Roundabout - a very long stretch of pathway. A wonderfully presented amenity with some information about the natural environment throughout. Clearly a very well respected area - an excellent site throughout.
Bridge Street: Grade A. A very clean street with the lovely paving (perhaps recently laid) creating a very fresh appearance. Some shops were colourfully adorned and brightly painted. There were also some name plaques for persons of importance erected by the local history society. At the top of the street, with the junction of Main Street, is the smallest chapel in Ireland which was open to the public.
Main Street: Grade A. An excellent main shopping street. There was an absence of litter throughout. Some shops / cafes had pot plants at entrances which added a splash of colour. A few outlets were particularly nicely presented and maintained. Also some attractive 'name plaques' of people of note along Main Street / Bridge Street and generally throughout the town.
Carrick-on-Shannon Train Station: Grade A. A nicely presented 'olde' style train station with car parking on the road directly outside. The area surveyed was in good order and clear of litter. A disused pedestrian bridge over the track had the appearance of being relatively freshly painted, creating a sense of pride in the station.
Slí an Iarainn: Grade B. A residential area beside XL shop on road between Carrick Train Station and the town. There was a very definite litter presence on the communal grass area of this site. The litter was mostly food related.
Bottle Bank At Tesco: Grade C. This bottle / clothing bank didn't get into this state overnight. The bins were very grubby. The overall impression was very poor. Bottles were 'stuffed' between and behind the bins. Cardboard boxes / plastic wrapping were discarded at the base of the bins and the general appearance throughout was very poor.
Shopping Centre on Dublin Road with Tesco / Woodies, etc: Grade A. The overall impression created at this shopping centre was a positive one. The expansive area of parking was in good order and the paving in front of the individual stores was very fresh in appearance.
Drumshanbo / Leitrim Approach Road: Grade A. This road got Grade A, but only just. Much of the road was in good order but there was an area on the left hand side as you come into Carrick which could easily bring down the ranking if not addressed - right beside where some sheep were grazing and before some housing there was the beginnings of a litter presence.
N4 Sligo Approach Road: Grade A. A very good impression is created along this road - all aspects surveyed were in very good order.
Longford – Carrick-on-Shannon Link Road: Grade A. The overall impression of this road was a very positive one and highway maintenance was taking place along a certain stretch. It was a very clean and tidy site throughout.