Saturday April 6th was Spring Clean 2013 and it was great to see volunteers from Clane Tidy Towns, Tír na Móna and many Residents’ Associations all out on the day giving Clane and it’s environs a thorough clean-up.
A JCB and tractor and trailer were again hired this year to help out, and over the course of the day the areas tackled included:
- The yard and ditches by the Health and Leisure Centre (Behan’s Yard)
- The “Capdoo Business Park” site beside Lidl
- The ditch on the Celbridge Road opposite Lidl
- Nancy’s Lane
- The ditches from Betaghstown Cross to Boherhole Cross
- A corner of the green near The Orchard, Loughbollard
- The Ballinagappa Road
Many Residents’ Associations also took advantage of the fine weather to tackle their estates, and several trailer loads of clippings and litter were gathered and removed.
Whilst more than two large skip-fulls of rubbish were collected in this year’s event, it was heartening to note that areas receiving deep-cleans last year did not need serious attention this year. Perhaps an increasing awareness of recycling opportunities, a growing intolerance towards pollution in our countryside and a string of successful prosecutions for illegal dumping are beginning to pay dividends. However we must continue to be vigilent. Please report any dumping to Clane Tidy Towns or the Kildare Litter Warden hotline at 1800 243 143.
A big thank-you to all who contributed to the event, and especially to Cllr Padraig McEvoy for coordinating the activities in Clane.