Residents of direct provision aid tidy towns
WITH the Tidy Towns results due next Monday, Glenealy Tidy Towns continue to work hard keeping the village spick-andspan and has received some much-appreciated help from residents of the Direct Provision Centre in Wicklow town.
Chairman Pat Staunton has been greatly encouraged by the amount of community support received by Glenealy Tidy Towns during the numerous clean-ups they organise each week, including assistance from people residing at the Direct Provision Centre in the former Grand Hotel.
‘There is stuff going on the whole time and the local community are a real support. We are also availing of the services of some people staying at the Direct Provision Centre.
‘We contacted them through a coordinator and now four lads come out and help us. It’s worked very well for them. It gets them out of the centre and into the local community where they can build relationships and make acquaintances, and it’s been great for us having that extra bit of help. Their assistance has been greatly appreciated.’
It’s been a busy year for the local group this year, with plenty of projects tackled around Glenealy. They have erected new signage at the entrance to the village, plenty of planting has taken place and the local Tidy Towns group was also instrumental in getting the car park across the road from King’s Pub re-tarmacked.
The Tidy Towns results will be announced on Monday, September 30, and Mr Staunton is hopeful that Glenealy will continue its recent record of increasing their marks each year.
‘We hope to do well and we have carried out a lot of work in the village. A lot of planting has taken place and we have been cleaning up areas.
‘There is always a great atmosphere among all the volunteers. We have new signage in the village and we have a water tank in the middle of the village which is filled form the river so we don’t have to use tap water. We hope to do well in the competition but really we are doing it all for the village,’ he said.
IT GETS THEM OUT OF THE CENTRE AND INTO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WHERE THEY CAN BUILD RELATIONSHIPS... IT’S BEEN GREAT FOR US HAVING THAT EXTRA BIT OF HELP
Glenealy Tidy Towns volunteers.