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27/09/2021

Welcome addition for Laois Offaly visitor amenity hit with littering

Welcome addition for Laois Offaly visitor amenity hit with littering

New bottle and drinks can banks for Derryounce Lakes

An incredibly popular amenity on the Laois Offaly border that was hit with constant litter, has received a welcome addition.

Derryounce Lakes & Walkways has to be cleaned up every evening in good weather by volunteers from the Portarlington Community Development Association, due to its popularity with outdoor drinkers and barbecuers.

Now they will have some help, with the addition of a row of bottle banks and drinks can receptors.

Cllr Aidan Mullins is chair of the PCDA.

"Offaly County Council have been very supportive in taking away the rubbish and as they are as the lead applicant for funding for Derryounce. Our volunteers have to go out all through the hot weather, filling sacks and sacks, tons of rubbish, shocking stuff. That's the downside of people enjoying themselves. We love seeing the crowds out but it is disappointing that the 'leave no trace' policy is not followed. We hope this bring bank helps, we just ask people to enjoy themselves and leave no trace," he said.

Already this year the committee enhanced parking and added a popular fairy trail.

"It's a fabulous amenity and we are improving it all the time. We have great plans to develop it further, with additional signs and seating and resurfacing the paths and carpark," Cllr Mullins said. 

The bring centre was installed and will be maintained and emptied by Offaly County Council, who urge people not to leave any materials beside it as this could incur a €150 fine. Their litter hotline is 1800 242 673.

Love Port their Facebook page has shared the good news.

"A fantastic new and badly needed addition to Derryounce. If everyone who visits this wonderful amenity could play their part," the group announce.

The PCDA shared a video of a clean-up last year, after Covid-19 lockdowns raised the profile of Derryounce Lakes.

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