Res­i­dents of di­rect pro­vi­sion aid tidy towns

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

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.

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