2012 / 2013 - WAS THIS THE YEAR THAT THE ROSCREA COMMUNITY
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2012 / 2013 - WAS THIS THE YEAR THAT THE ROSCREA COMMUNITY HELPED THE TOWN TO SHINE ?
The waiting is almost over, the results will be announced on Monday next at the Super Valu Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony in Dublin, and a huge work programme is almost completed. I have no hesitation in saying that never before did the Tidy Towns Committee, with all year round assistance from Paddy Reidy and the Community employees, the new T.Ú.S workers, the Council and many volunteers in the Community undertake so much work and we are now anxiously awaiting this year’s report and increase in marks under each of the ten categories. In September last year, there were many disappointed people as the work done was not reflected in the town’s mark, however, this did not deter the enthusiasm and commitment of the many workers and supporters who have worked tirelessly all year since, for the betterment of the town.
Will this be Roscrea’s year ? Will it be the year when Roscrea will receive its’ first bronze or silver medal having reached the required standard in the competition to bring Roscrea’s mark presently at 281 up to 290 or higher ? Roscrea competes in Category “E” being a town with a population of over 6,000. It is almost twelve year since Roscrea made any significant improvement in the competition or received an award. Records on the Tidy Towns website only go back to 2002 with regard to special awards, and I’m almost certain it was in 2001 that Roscrea last won an award being the “Inclusive Environment Access Award” having involved all the community in fundraising for the Roscrea Swimming Pool and including the services at Roscrea 2000 Ltd at the time. Prior to that Roscrea won the Super Valu Endeavour Award, the Trees Award, and the Regional Landscape Award.
The good news in the past week is that four invites to the Super Valu sponsored Awards Ceremony at the Helix, on Monday the 9th September were received in Roscrea and the town will now be represented by Denis Ryan, Chairperson, Eileen Doherty, Project Manager, Rose Crofton, Treasurer, and Mary Conroy Work programme co-ordinator. As all the Committee, volunteers, workers, supporters etc. cannot be accommodated at the Awards Ceremony it was decided to have a “Get together” for all at O’Rourkes’ Bar in Rosemary Square from 7 p.m. that evening to watch the special edition of “Nationwide” coming from the Helix earlier that day, with pictures of the best from around the country. An open invite is extended to all our supporters, workers, sponsors, Council staff and workers, Businesses and staff, local development groups, schools, youth groups, press, Church Representatives, and anyone who helped in any way throughout the year, and also any intending members who would like to come on board and give a helping hand or two over the coming months as we are now three months into this year’s work programme, and we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that we must be ready for judging by the middle of May each year, so all work completed can be photographed and sent with the Tidy Towns submission early May next year.
COUNCIL PAINT SCHEME:
Roscrea Tidy Towns Committee acknowledge and thank all who responded to and participated in the Council Paint Scheme during the Summer Months. What a difference a well cared for, and newly painted premises can make to the overall appearance of a streetscape, and while many of the premises were late for the Tidy Towns submission, it is hoped that the Adjudicators would have seen the improvements if the town had a second adjudication. If not we can only await next year and have it highlighted.
PAINTING ALL OVER TOWN – To those who painted their premises without the assistance of the above paint scheme, the Committee were uplifted to see the ladders up against walls each day they came into town, and see the improvements being made, and thank them sincerely for responding to their appeal “Help our Community to shine” – You have done us proud all over town this year.
WORK PROJECTS 2012/13 – Work at The Library Field commenced in the Spring with the planting of 400 saplings sponsored by Coilte, and planted by Community Employees and Tidy towns volunteers. The field was mowed and had litter picks done in preparation for a Summer meadow, and having entered this as a project in the Tidy Towns submission, in the hope that more work would have been done throughout the Summer as a work in progress, it was most disappointing to see it overgrown and abandoned again. Trees were to be planted and a sandstone outcrop put in, and nothing has progressed, and this is where the volunteers become disillusioned as they give of their time voluntarily to respond to requests to undertake work, and expect to see it completed. The Sheehane Community Garden is another example, much work was done, prepared for planting, a plan drawn up, no funding available to complete it, and then abandoned. A reminder for those involved in those projects that judging of the Tidy Towns competition commences again in nine months, and the town’s mark would benefit if those projects could be completed by April/early May next year.
The Tidy Towns Committee are anxious to see Residents’ Committees working from each Residential area and would encourage a few in each area (if not already done) to get together and take ownership of the place they call home, and add to its overall appearance with name of the Estate at each entrance, flower beds to include wildflowers to add colour, improved and cared for shrub beds, more paint on boundary walls, railings and gates, organise litter picks as in Gleann Ghlas, and all this can be highlighted in next year’s Tidy Towns submission, and in Assumption Park where it is obvious the residents there take pride in their park and approach roads. Tidy Towns volunteers will give you any advice or encouragement you need and support you in any way possible.
SIGNAGE AT THE ROUNDABOUTS:
The Tidy Towns Committee thank all those who responded to their request (organisers of events etc.) not to put up advertising boards at the roundabouts or within the speed limit signs as all those areas come within the remit of the judging criteria and take from Roscrea’s mark under the “Tidiness” category – what the judges advise is a mile from the centre of town or within the speed limit signs. A few advertising boards have been erected within the last few weeks inside the speed limit signs, and in future the Tidy Towns Committee request that you keep the above in mind as other people work voluntarily also in the interest of their projects.
A special Nationwide programme about Tidy Towns will be broadcast on RTE One at 7 p.m. on Monday night with exclusive interviews and coverage of the Awards Ceremony. The Nationwide Special is a “Must See” for anyone involved in and supporting the ethos of the Tidy Towns.