Causeway Councillors Chris McCaw and Angela Mulholland have welcomed support from Council’s Environmental Services committee for a Litter Strategy for the Borough. This is the first such Litter Strategy to be introduced by a local Council in Northern Ireland and draws on experience of numerous Councils across the rest of the UK.
Many residents have been dismayed by the level of litter in the area and have been in contact with the Council about it. The Litter Strategy will involve a review of infrastructure, enforcement and partnerships. This will include receiving location and type of bins, strategies for working with community groups, businesses and schools and enforcement capabilities for those who drop litter.
Alliance Councillor Chris McCaw said, “I’m delighted to have support from across the Council on this important issue. As a resident of Portrush, I have had so many people contacting me in frustration and anger about the litter situation. Council has acted quickly on that initial surge in litter and I hope people see a reduction in it. I believe now is the time to have a long term strategy on the issue to keep this a great place to live and work and also to protect our tourism industry. People want action and we are determined to deliver.”
Independent Councillor Angela Mulholland continued, “We need to work along with the local people who are helping their community by organising litter picks. However we also need a change in mindset on litter. I look forward to council working with local groups, businesses and schools on education and reducing litter. We have such a beautiful area here and we need to protect it.”
The Councillors have encouraged local groups, businesses and residents to contact them with ideas and suggestions about the Litter Strategy.