AIMING FOR EXCELLENCE
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AIMING FOR “EXCELLENCE” IN ALL ASPECTS OF BUSINESS, COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE IN ROSCREA
AIMING FOR “EXCELLENCE” IN ALL ASPECTS OF BUSINESS, COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE IN ROSCREA.
Six months of continuous hard physical work and commitment has been put into preparing “Roscrea” for judging in the National Tidy Towns Competition this year, and it is only now, eleven weeks after judging commenced, that the town is reaching the standard volunteers had hoped for, prior to the commencement of judging the 1st June.
Having now reached an acceptable standard of tidiness it would be important to keep this up throughout the year, so we can move forward next year without the continuous appeals to clean, tidy and sweep up litter, cigarette butts and pens from our footpaths and streets. In this way the town will be ready for judging the 1st June 2013.
The present Tidy Towns Committee and Volunteers acknowledge the support of many Managers, Business owners, staff members and householders who came out to sweep, clean and tidy the footpaths, and also water and feed floral containers and baskets, and have made such a difference to the appearance of the streets as one now looks down along them. The challenge is to keep this standard, and have everyone focussed from now with regard to a cleaner, tidier and more impressive town.
It is now time to aspire for “Excellence” in all aspects of life in Roscrea, and with the year of “The Gathering” upon us, and many more visitors arriving in our country, and town, make “Unity in our Community” our number one priority for next year, and come out and work together to reach that standard of “Excellence” that we all want to see in our Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, shops, Take always, Bookmakers’ premises, and public places. Much more needs to be done in our Streets, Housing estates, Residential Areas, Roads, Streets and Back Areas, Business Premises, and some individual houses along the streets and approach Roads so they lift the spirit, enhance a location, become a soothing oasis of colour and a floral feast for all to admire.
“Back Streets”, link roads and back yards” are of particular concern as so much work needs to be done at the rear of premises on both sides of Main Street. “Dark, unkept, untidy back yards”, “link roads”, “archways” etc. could be brightened with paint, lighting, hanging baskets and floral containers added. What a difference this would make to the attractiveness of those areas.
The Tidy Towns Committee welcome on board many new volunteers who joined them this year, and without so many willing active citizens in our town and community can one imagine how neglected looking parts of our town would be?
The present volunteers are now working towards the 2013 adjudication, and while keeping a check on flowers, streets and footpaths, they are also working into the 2012/2013 Work Programme, and making preparations for same. Many more volunteers such as gardeners, stonemasons, plasterers, carpenters, painters, d.i.y. people etc. are needed and required immediately to help progress the work programme before the Winter weather sets in. Once Spring comes there is only ten to twelve weeks before judging commences again, so the work for next year must commence now.
Tidy Towns Volunteers meet at Rosemary Square every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday morning at 10 am, - if you are living alone, active retired, early retired, or have time you would like to give to your town and community, please come along to Rosemary Square to meet us, and you will get a “Great Big Tidy Towns Welcome”, or if you would prefer go out and work on your own, remove the weeds, and the litter as you see them. If going for a walk carry a bag and pair of gloves, and pick cartons, papers, cans etc. as you see them.
“TIDINESS” AND “WASTE MINIMISATION”:
An audit of unwanted Advertising Boards and Posters is done weekly by Volunteers who work so hard to Tidy the Town and improve Roscrea’s mark in the “Tidiness” and “Waste Minimisation”, categories, and the last thing they want to see during judging time every year from the 1st June to the end of October (after the Tiobrad Álainn judging) is a proliferation of Advertising Boards all around the roundabouts, approach roads, and posters - one pole after another on the approach roads into the town (we had them on four consecutive poles on the Dublin approach last week) – is this in the interest of Tidiness ? All of this unwanted advertising detracts from Roscrea’s mark in “Tidiness” and “Waste Minimisation” and volunteers ask local groups and committees organising festivals, garden fares, golf classics, and other events to refrain from putting those advertising boards on the roundabouts, or inside the speed limit signs, and put them out the country roads where everyone will see them much easier when not trying to manoeuvre the roundabouts. The most frustrating aspect of all this advertising signage, is the people who erect them seldom come back to remove them. Too many people give of their time to tidy the town and approach roads, so again all groups and organisations planning events, please respect the dedication and commitment being made by many people in the interest of a tidy town.
As part of the Ros Cré Beo Festival in Roscrea on the weekend of the 25th /26th August, a Biodiversity walk has been organised on Saturday the 25th, commencing outside the Roscrea Castle Complex at 1 p.m. for all the family, wildlife and environmental enthusiasts. A talk and walk will be given by Nuala Madigan, Education Officer, Irish Peatland Conservation, on the benefits of Biodiversity, and the eco systems in our lives. Come out join the walk, and you might be surprised what you would see and hear.
This Sunday morning, as one arrived into Roscrea to attend the local services, they couldn’t but notice that four of our most attractive hanging baskets in the Valley were missing, and wondered what had happened to them over night. Having looked over the bridge there wasn’t a sign of them, only a few petals remaining on the road. Such vandalism in a small town is deplorable, and shouldn’t be tolerated. What kind of people are out on our streets at night, or what kind of mindset have they. Have they any respect for, or appreciation of a “Civic Spirit” and the time and effort that goes into putting them there and looking after them. One can only hope that those type of culprits would be punished adequately, and sent out to do a minimum of twelve months community work in return.
WATER PLANTS IN THE RIVER.
It was so disappointing in the last few months having put many new plants in the river along by the Mall, and down the Church grounds, that after the recent floods many of them were washed away. However, some remained, and in the last few weeks, as one walked along the Mall, they wondered what had happened the remaining plants that had turned yellow. There was much natural growth between the rocks, and many young water plants growing that had been planted and survived the floods, and unfortunately some Civic minded citizen treated all of them as weeds, and obviously sprayed a weed killer on them, and now there are very few of them alive to add to the lush green growth that we require for all our insects, bees, butterflies etc.
TIDY TOWNS PHILOSOPHY:
“Unity in our Community”, “Taking Pride”, “Aiming for Excellence” in all that we do, giving of ourselves and our time, and working together, is the Philosophy of all Volunteers working towards making Roscrea one of the “Tidiest, Best, and Most Attractive” Towns in Ireland. Come out, join us and be part of a “Winning Team”, the challenge is there for all of us, together we can rise to it in the interest of our town – Roscrea.