Not so pretty picture
TIDY TOWNS NO BRAY, NO ENNISKERRY, DELGANY & GREYSTONES DOWN
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.