Bray People

CO WICK­LOW TIDY TOWNS RESULTS AND RE­PORTS

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AF­TER MONTHS of hard work by vol­un­teers all around the county, Mon­day’s Tidy Town results shed light on the good work that has been done, and the good work yet to be done. A se­lec­tion of awards made their way from The Helix to Co Wick­low while, for oth­ers, the re­ports will offer a blue­print of work needed ahead of next year’s com­pe­ti­tion. The fol­low­ing are the re­ports for Bray district areas.

BRAY

307 MARKS (296 IN 2017) Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and plan­ning

Thank you for your map, your colour­ful ap­pli­ca­tion form and ac­com­pa­ny­ing ma­te­rial. You have rea­son­able num­ber of peo­ple in­volved in your com­mit­tee and vol­un­teer­ing for your pop­u­la­tion cat­e­gory which is good to see such in­ter­est in your work. You have a good range of pub­lic, busi­ness and pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions that help you with your ac­tiv­i­ties. You have nu­mer­ous com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels and your Face­book page is ac­tive and up to date. Great to see Face­book likes are up also. Won­der­ful news on your fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion which I am sure is very wel­come for a vol­un­tary group. Maybe con­sider bind­ing your ap­pli­ca­tion next year (or split­ting it into two) as the sta­ple came out and pages started to get mixed up. You seem to have left out the ques­tion on your ‘ key project that you put a lot of time into’. Please in­clude it for next year. As a sug­ges­tion to make it eas­ier to find projects on the ground, on the map and in your ap­pli­ca­tion form, please start each cat­e­gory with your new projects (N), then the main­tained projects (M) and fi­nally the fu­ture projects (FP). Num­ber all the projects se­quen­tially (don’t restart num­ber­ing in each cat­e­gory). Then use the num­ber of each new project in the ap­pli­ca­tion form on the map and map leg­end as ap­pro­pri­ate. Some projects/num­bers won’t be marked on the map, this is ok. You could also high­light what cat­e­gory each project is in as you did this year. This makes it very clear what projects are new, where to find them on the ground and where to find them in your ap­pli­ca­tion form. It makes it less likely that your ad­ju­di­ca­tor will miss any­thing. You can in­di­cate land­marks on the map with let­ters or an­other sym­bol other than num­bers. The method that you used makes it clear and easy to find lo­ca­tions on the map and on the ground but dif­fi­cult to find /cross ref­er­ence in your ap­pli­ca­tion form as your ad­ju­di­ca­tor has to go back through each cat­e­gory to find the project as it is not num­bered in the ap­pli­ca­tion form.

An A3 size map would also pro­vide more de­tail to your ad­ju­di­ca­tor, es­pe­cially of es­tate names and smaller roads.

You seem to have also re­peated projects across cat­e­gories also. Some projects will in­volve mul­ti­ple cat­e­gories e.g. Fas­saroe project. It is a lot eas­ier for your ad­ju­di­ca­tor to nav­i­gate your ap­pli­ca­tion if you choose which cat­e­gory a project is most suited to, num­ber and name it, de­scribe it in that cat­e­gory and just make ref­er­ence to the num­ber and name in the other cat­e­gories. You have given a de­scrip­tion of the Fas­saroe project in at least three cat­e­gories and re­peat­ing most of the same in­for­ma­tion. This adds a lot of bulk to your ap­pli­ca­tion that is not nec­es­sary, makes it frus­trat­ing for your ad­ju­di­ca­tor to have to reread the same ma­te­rial again /cross check in­for­ma­tion and may lead to things be­ing missed. Cat­e­gorise the leg­end by the cat­e­gories in the com­pe­ti­tion as this is what the ad­ju­di­ca­tor ex­pects. Your grid ref­er­ence for the project lo­ca­tion was most wel­come.

Streetscap­e & Pub­lic Places

Bray has many fine build­ings and has made great im­prove­ment since this ad­ju­di­ca­tor last vis­ited your town 15 odd years ago in a pri­vate ca­pac­ity. I was very im­pressed by how new in­ter­ven­tions have been added into the streetscap­e and made your town more per­me­able and how much the ap­pear­ance of the town has im­proved. The Royal Ho­tel stone kerbs and walls were ad­mired; Quins­borogh Road was very invit­ing with its wide foot­paths and street trees. Your Fas­saroe project high­lights the cross cat­e­gory na­ture of some projects. Your land­scape work at Fas­saroe very clearly has made great streetscap­e im­prove­ment along this prom­i­nent edge. You had cross com­mu­nity sup­port through the in­volve­ment of lo­cal

Traveller and Her­itage groups work­ing with you on this. You have re­moved a moun­tain of rub­bish and im­proved the en­trance to the es­tate. Hope­fully this can be the start of ad­di­tional projects in the area.

The ad­di­tion of the new link along the Dar­gle and the com­ple­tion of the cy­cle path are most im­pres­sive and well de­signed, of­fer­ing a safe place to sit, walk and cy­cle as well as pro­tec­tion from flood­ing. The work on Al­bert Walk and Li­brary was ad­mired.

You might con­sider a project to put up street name signs as very few were no­ticed. Some of your seats and bins need up­grad­ing. Great to hear of the shop front com­pe­ti­tion. Try to en­cour­age higher qual­ity shop front sig­nage than plas­tic ban­ner or poster panel with lit­tle or no de­tail. The style does not need to be tra­di­tional. Wick­low and South Dublin County Coun­cils have shop front de­sign guides which give ex­am­ples of both tra­di­tional and mod­ern de­signs, which may be of use to you in help­ing shop fronts be up­graded, es­pe­cially on the main street.

Green Spa­ces and Land­scap­ing

The flood pro­tec­tion works have been in­te­grated very well into Bray and has led to the cre­ation of ad­di­tional high qual­ity lin­ear open spa­ces that help to link up the town for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans of­fer­ing new routes in a safe and en­joy­able en­vi­ron­ment. Great to hear of the 310 na­tive trees planted on Bray head. The plant­ing be­tween Bray Hair and Beauty and H T O Car­roll bright­ened up the area. The plant­ing in front of The Royal at Sea­point Road lifts what oth­er­wise would be a dull and ugly cor­ner. Try to pick dull lo­ca­tions like this, junc­tions where mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans will be wait­ing, for dis­plays as they can be ap­pre­ci­ated a lot more. The other plant­ing work men­tioned in your ap­pli­ca­tion has been noted pos­i­tively. Please don’t over­stretch your­self in this cat­e­gory and be sure to match land­scap­ing main­te­nance to peo­ple avail­able to main­tain it. In your tree plant­ing make sure to keep a min­i­mum of 1m ra­dius around all trees free from weeds and grass. This will help the tree to grow strong and vig­or­ous and also stop lawn-mower decks and strim­mers rub­bing up against the trees which can and usu­ally does lead to their death a num­ber of years later. In your plant­ing please con­sult with rec­om­mended pol­li­na­tor plants at pol­li­na­tors.ie. Try to use at least 70% of pol­li­na­tor friendly plants in schemes. Im­ple­ment­ing this pol­icy will also be looked on favourably by fu­ture ad­ju­di­ca­tors in this cat­e­gory as well as the land­scap­ing and sus­tain­abil­ity cat­e­gories.

Na­ture and Bio­di­ver­sity in your Lo­cal­ity

You have a good un­der­stand­ing and aware­ness of the na­ture and bio­di­ver­sity in your area. The pro­posal to re­duce the use of pes­ti­cides from Bray Municipal District is most wel­come. Your bio­di­ver­sity au­dit and join­ing Bird­watch Ire­land are noted pos­i­tively. Con­sider join­ing other non govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions to help with en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion work in your area. You have also in­stalled bird boxes, signed up for news­let­ters and shared sur­veys from Bird­watch Ire­land. It is rec­om­mended that Tidy Town groups do a habi­tat map of what they have and look at best prac­tice man­age­ment for the dif­fer­ent habi­tats. The Her­itage Coun­cil has a Con­serv­ing and En­hanc­ing Wildlife in Towns and Vil­lages guide which out­lines 10 habi­tats gen­er­ally found and man­age­ment of the same. You could do a sim­ple map mark­ing in the dif­fer­ent habi­tats listed in the guide and then use this for your own use and for in­clu­sion in this com­pe­ti­tion. Also con­sider wildlife walks and talks to raise aware­ness among the gen­eral pub­lic. Also track in­va­sive species which you come across in your work. If you are con­sid­er­ing wild­flower plant­ing en­sure to use cer­ti­fied Ir­ish wild­flow­ers and not im­ported wild­flow­ers. Some im­ported wild­flower mixes in­clude species not read­ily found in Ire­land and may out-com­pete na­tive va­ri­eties. See the Bio­di­ver­sity Ire­land we site guide to Cre­ation of a

Wild­flower Meadow for de­tails of suit­able sup­pli­ers. Please be care­ful in your works not to de­stroy ex­ist­ing valu­able habi­tats such as dry stone walls and drainage ditches.

Sus­tain­abil­ity - Do­ing more with Less

You have launched a num­ber of ini­tia­tives un­der this cat­e­gory and ap­pear to have a good un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues. This cat­e­gory is about chang­ing peo­ple’s be­hav­iour and at­ti­tudes, which can take a long time. Re­cy­cling lev­els were very low in the 1990s but now we have the sec­ond high­est rate of pack­ag­ing re­cy­cling in Europe.

Please try to quan­tify the sav­ing made by the com­mu­nity each year and keep your ad­ju­di­ca­tor in­formed of the his­tor­i­cal and year to year progress. A great source of in­spi­ra­tion is lo­cal­pre­ven­tion. ie/tidy-towns/.

What some groups also find ben­e­fi­cial is to break down this cat­e­gory into waste, wa­ter, en­ergy and trans­port cat­e­gories and to cover all 4 sub cat­e­gories each year with new and con­tin­u­ing projects.

Tidi­ness and Lit­ter Con­trol

You have tack­led head on the is­sues of graf­fiti and gen­eral un­tidi­ness and dere­lic­tion in a most en­cour­ag­ing way.

The use of mu­rals adds vi­brancy to oth­er­wise dull edges. The work around the train sta­tion has im­proved the ap­pear­ance of this first point of en­try to so many day vis­i­tors and reg­u­lar users. There still is work to be done as you are well aware and you are tar­get­ing your work well. Your work on un­ap­proved sig­nage and poor shop front pre­sen­ta­tion is to be com­mended. Other groups have or­gan­ised an ‘Adopt a Spot’ cam­paign where in­di­vid­u­als pledge to clean up a short sec­tion, say their boundary prop­er­ties and a bit more. Sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives and have found that this mo­ti­vates oth­ers to con­trib­ute as they feel that they are not the only ones and that each bit will add up to a big area that is main­tained. Maybe run a cam­paign to see if you can get oth­ers to make a pledge to Adopt a Spot.

Res­i­den­tial Streets & Hous­ing Areas

Well done to the res­i­dents of Martello Ter­race on their new pol­li­na­tor friendly gar­den. Your work at Fas­saroe has made a big dif­fer­ence. It may be worth con­sid­er­ing run­ning an es­tate com­pe­ti­tions based around the Tidy Town com­pe­ti­tion with awards for best land­scap­ing, best pol­li­na­tor plant­ing, best wildlife project, best es­tate, most im­proved, best sus­tain­able project etc. Maybe the lo­cal au­thor­ity or lo­cal busi­ness may want to get in­volved. Some tree stakes could be re­moved as they are no longer hold­ing up the trees. By hav­ing the com­pe­ti­tion peo­ple will have a di­rect in­put into their es­tate whilst also ben­e­fit­ing Bray Tidy Towns in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ap­proach Roads, Streets & Lanes

A lot of com­ments from last years ad­ju­di­ca­tor still stand and are worth tack­ling in the short to medium term. Please

in­clude then in a 3/5 year plan and tackle them as re­sources be­come avail­able.

Con­clud­ing Re­marks

I re­ally en­joyed my visit to Bray and you are mak­ing big im­prove­ments to your com­mu­nity. Please keep up the good

work and I wish you well with your plans for the fu­ture.

SHANKILL

317 MARKS (312 IN 2017) Com­mu­nity In­volve­ment & Plan­ning

Wel­come Shankill Tidy Towns to the 2018 Su­per­valu Tidy Towns Com­pe­ti­tion. Your en­try is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Thank you for your bound en­try form which in­cludes 3 maps, a cal­en­dar and lots more end­ing with a very im­por­tant copy of your ‘Pol­li­na­tor Friendly Gar­den Plants’. You have re­duced the size of your en­try form and we thank you for that. You have also in­tro­duced Ir­ish into it and that will earn you 1 mark. Your po­si­tion has been re­stored. Your maps are clear and eas­ily read. Your projects have been num­bered in the en­try form and marked on the map. In­clud­ing your out­ly­ing areas. Your pop­u­la­tion is 14,379 putting you in the Large Town F cat­e­gory. Your com­mit­tee of 8 is backed up by 30 vol­un­teers and 20 lit­ter pick­ers.

Each year you have a pub­lic meet­ing. Com­mit­tee meet­ings are monthly or more fre­quently if needed. The list of agen­cies, bodies and busi­nesses that sup­port you is ex­ten­sive and is a tes­ti­mony to the es­teem in which your Tidy Towns group is held by your com­mu­nity. Your chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion range from no­tices in church news­let­ters to so­cial me­dia such as Face­book. You en­gage well with your schools and col­lege and with the Scouts and Beavers. En­gag­ing with youth is pro­moted by Tidy Towns. This year for the first time we asked Tidy Towns groups to sin­gle out projects which re­quired par­tic­u­lar ef­fort and you nom­i­nated the Dublin Moun­tains Way with Shankill Tidy Towns Base Camp as a fu­ture project. In this cat­e­gory you set out very well how the com­mu­nity ben­e­fits from in­volve­ment with Tidy Towns and how it con­trib­utes to the devel­op­ment of your com­mu­nity.

Streetscap­e & Pub­lic Places

Shankill is for­tu­nate to have a pro­fu­sion of build­ings and struc­tures worth see­ing and com­ment­ing on. This ad­ju­di­ca­tor will start with one that is not likely to be seen by pass­ing vis­i­tors. It is the li­brary hid­den away on the ap­pro­pri­ately named Li­brary road. Dat­ing back to 1912 it is, of course, a Carnegie Li­brary. Its ar­chi­tec­tural style gives that away. It has its share of added flow­ers in con­tain­ers, from the hang­ing bas­kets flank­ing its en­trance door to flower pots. It looks well on its el­e­vated site. Rath­michael School is close by and Scoil Mhuire is not too far away.

Rath­michael is a red brick, com­fort­able in its well-es­tab­lished grounds while Scoil Mhuire is more mod­ern. Both look well, and both have 1

 ??  ?? Fas­saroe, where Bray Tidy Towns and lo­cal res­i­dents took on a spe­cial project.
Fas­saroe, where Bray Tidy Towns and lo­cal res­i­dents took on a spe­cial project.

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