Not so pretty pic­ture

TIDY TOWNS NO BRAY, NO EN­NISKERRY, DEL­GANY & GREY­STONES DOWN

Bray People - - Sunbeam House Arranges Big Band Night - Mary FOG­A­RTY

BOTH Del­gany and Grey­stones re­ceived lower over­all scores this year in their Tidy Towns ad­ju­di­ca­tion, while the Bray and En­niskerry com­mit­tees made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion not to en­ter at all for 2008.

‘We are deal­ing with three lo­cal au­thor­i­ties which we don’t feel are com­mit­ted to the project,’ said Bray Tidy Towns spokesper­son Der­mot De Barra. who hopes to be ready to en­ter again for 2009.

‘There area a num­ber of derelict sites in the town, some of which are owned by Bray Town Coun­cil,’ he said, adding that Wick­low County Coun­cil had ne­glected the South­ern Cross Road while the ap­proach Road from Dublin had been ne­glected by Dun Laoghaire Rath­down.

Mr. De Barra said that the com­mit­tee is looking for a ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers for the com­ing year who will act as con­tacts in var­i­ous area, in­clud­ing Dublin Road, Ve­vay Road, South­ern Cross, Putland Road, Her­bert Road and Strand Road. he can be con­tacted on (01) 2865211 or (086) 8181318.

‘The ac­tions of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties would in­di­cate that they are just not in­ter­ested,’ added Mr. De Barra.

Un­sightly road­works in the usu­ally pic­turesque vil­lage of En­niskerry, which last year came third in county Wick­low, pre­vented them from en­ter­ing this year.

Al­though de­scribed by judges as a ‘wood­land oa­sis,’ Del­gany’s score went from 249 out of a pos­si­ble 400 down to 243. The gen­eral im­pres­sion of the vil­lage was good, how­ever, at a very re­spectable 7 out of 10.

‘Lit­ter con­trol in the cen­tral part of the vil­lage is quite good and sim­i­larly only an odd stray piece was noted in

back ar­eas,’ read the re­port. ‘You are com­mended for your April clean up and per­haps the men of the vil­lage will as­sist the next time! How­ever, there is one se­ri­ous prob­lem area and this is the road to St. Lau­rence’s School. The many walk­ers on the morn­ing of ad­ju­di­ca­tion ap­peared obliv­i­ous to the vast quan­ti­ties of lit­ter.’

‘Plant­ing at the wa­ter pump added a wel­come splash of colour,’ judges told the Del­gany com­mit­tee. ‘In­ci­den­tal planters and vi­brant win­dow boxes were noted in the vil­lage area. Many of the land­scaped res­i­den­tial ar­eas are pre­sented to the high­est stan­dard.’

They said that the pre­sen­ta­tion of the ma­jor­ity of prop­er­ties in the vil­lage is ex­cep­tional, par­tic­u­larly in Belle­vue Hill, Eas­ton, Belle­vue Court, Hunter’s Brook and the Nurs­eries. A cot­tage gar­den be­side the Health Cen­tre was greatly ad­mired. ‘Hope­fully the re­main­der of the tra­di­tional street lighting will be com­plete by Tidy­Towns 2009,’ said the judges.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing roads, streets and back ar­eas were cleanly pre­sented through­out Del­gany. In a few ar­eas, how­ever there were un­even patches namely Kindlestown Hill and in the Main Street too, while one of the paths on Glen road has be­come a bank of weeds.

Grey­stones, which last year got a score of 261, slipped to 247. Waste min­imi­sa­tion re­ceived a poor score in the town, at 6 out of 20. The sea­side town also did well, none­the­less, on over­all im­pres­sion - also re­ceiv­ing a score of 7 out of 10.

‘You are con­grat­u­lated on your large scale plans with re­gard to lit­ter con­trol through­out the year and it is en­cour­ag­ing to note that the scouts and schools have been of as­sis­tance,’ said the Grey­stones ad­ju­di­ca­tion re­port. ‘Lit­ter con­trol is quite good along the main streets of Grey­stones. How­ever, back ar­eas are more prob­lem­atic. Lit­ter out­breaks were noted at the car park at the DART Sta­tion,at the car park at Grey­stones Golf Club and on Burn­aby road and this is un­ac­cept­able.’

While the re­port com­mended the ex­is­tence of a num­ber of dog lit­ter bins at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, it noted ev­i­dence of dump­ing at the bring bank near the play­ground. ‘This is un­for­tu­nate,’ re­marked the judge.

The judges thanked the Grey­stones team for their clear en­try form, maps and pho­to­graphs. ‘It is re­fresh­ing to not that whilst you have a core group of 14 that there are ac­tu­ally 35 ac­tive mem­bers of Grey­stones Tidy Towns,’ they said.

The com­mit­tee was also privy to praise for a flo­ral dis­play along the main shop­ping area, which judges said showed a clearly co-or­di­nated ef­fort on be­half of the busi­ness com­mu­nity.

TOP LEFT – Rub­bish at the play­ground at the South Beach in Grey­stones af­ter a sunny week­end. ABOVE LEFT – Lit­ter at the bot­tle bank at the Park-and-Ride in Grey­stones. RIGHT – The ap­proach road into Del­gany from St. Lau­rences School.

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