Do you really think that Dungannon is so dirty?
With recent reports suggesting that little action has been taken in Dungannon to deal with littering we decided to ask residents and shoppers in the town just how tidy they thought their town was.
There were a number of diverging views with Tullyhogue shopper Mary Mullen highlight a number of concerns about the towns appearance.
“No, I don’t think Dungannon is particularly tidy at the moment. There’s plenty of room for improvement in the town particularly in the shop fronts.”
Sophie also thought more could be done: “I don’t really thing Dungannon is that tidy said Sophie. The shops fronts and walls above the shops in the town could really do with a good painting.”
Isaac Kaye, a resident of the town, said it was time people started taking responsibility for themselves.
“They can’t expect the council workers to be running after them,” he said.
“But Dungannon could do with a tidy up at the moment. There is a real problem with dog fouling and bottle breaking. I’ve had punctures on my mobility scooter because of broken glass.
“There is one person who cleans the town and if there were more workers like him the town would be spotless.”
Another Dungannon resident Thomas Stringer was on hand to sing the praises of his native town and the work the council: “There’s been a lot of hard word done over the last few years getting the derelict shop occupied.
“I’ve been in the town almost 30 years and I think it is a very tidy town. There is one man in particular who goes around the town picking up litter and he’s absolutely fantastic. If it wasn’t for him I’m not sure the town would be quite as tidy.”
Ballinderry woman Sinead McGuckin concurred with Thomas: “I think Dungannon is fairly tidy. Some of the shopfronts could do with being tidied up but by and large I think it is excellent. I think there are some people who put in a lot of hard work to get the tow looking as well as it is.”
Rasa who lives in Dungannon said: “I think Dungannon is generally a very clean and tidy town, just not after weekends. Compared to my home town it is very tidy. There is one man that does a great job lifting all the litter.”
Terry Gervin, a wedding photographer from Coalisland told us: “I think the down could do with a bit of a facelift but in general it is fairly tidy. Some of the shops could do with a a lick of paint. The town can be rotten on a Sunday morning. The chewing gum on the street could do with being cleaned or addressed.”
Rebecca Toal from Dungannon thought that the town was getting worse:
“It has really gone down hill recently. The shopfronts need tidied up I really don’t like the scheme in Perry Street, it looks terrible.”
“The town is clean enough in my opinion”, said Shabab. “Some of the shopfronts could do with being cleaned up or painted. The road could also do with being resurfaced, there are too many bumps and potholes.”
One young shopper, Matthew told us: “The town isn’t very clean. I’d try and stop my friends if they were throwing down sweet papers on the ground. The cigarette butts at the doors to shops are dirty.”
Let us know what you think of just how tidy the town is. Are the council doing enough to keep the town tidy? Do people need to take more responsibility and stop littering themselves? Are there enough bins in the town? Should shopowners do more to keep their shopfronts looking tidy?
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Saturday 18 May 2013
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