Sinn Féin Councillor, Cara McShane, has secured support for increased resources across Causeway Coast and Glens to help with cleansing and tackling litter pollution in this ‘year of staycations.’
The proposal from Cllr McShane went to a close vote at tonight’s Council meeting with 18 Councillors voting in support of her proposal and 17 Councillors voting against.
Cllr Cara McShane said:
“Given the huge influx of visitors expected in Causeway Coast and Glens and the obvious stretch on resources already with the year of staycations, this proposal was first and foremost about protecting our environment.
“We have all witnessed hundreds of volunteers engage in community clean-ups over the past year and now we need to support that effort as the local government authority, as well as supporting the existing compliment of Council employees on the ground.
“We are in unprecedented times. People have endured over a year of lockdowns and as restrictions are eased, there is an understandable desire to get outdoors and enjoy the environment. Indeed, with the increased ‘take away’ food option, this has also added to the litter problem in our area.
“My request includes additional bin provision in visitor hot spot areas; increased frequency of the emptying of bins in public spaces and cleansing of facilities, such as public toilets; VMS signage alerting people to keep the environment clean; as well as additional personnel over the next short period, while we all work together to emerge safely from this pandemic.”
– As per normal Council procedures, all decisions are subject to the ‘call-in’ process.