ROSCREA TIDY TOWNS BEST YEAR YET
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Roscrea Tidy Towns 2013 Year In Review
The past year has been the BEST year yet for ROSCREA in the National Tidy Towns competition, as having achieved BRONZE MEDAL STATUS it is now regarded as one of the high achievers in the competition. Having worked towards reaching Medal standard for a number of years, Roscrea can at last celebrate having achieved this standard, and now the challenge for everyone is to retain this specific status and work towards improving it, otherwise the town will lose its new title and the Bronze Medal sign will have to be removed.
Aiming for Silver Medal standard only requires ten marks more than this year’s mark of 286 which seems very little while writing on paper, however, Roscrea had four marks deducted this year as follows – Litter Control – down two marks from last year, bringing the town’s mark to 24/50 compared with Clonmel at 39/50, Nenagh at 34/50, and Thurles at 33/50. Roscrea therefore has a very low mark at under 50% in the Litter Control Category. If Roscrea could be brought up to a mark similar to Nenagh alone it would be up to Silver Medal Status, and with Clonmel at 39/50 tells us we have a lot to do to clean up our town. Did you realise Roscrea was so unkempt and littered ?
The two other categories that Roscrea lost marks in this year were “Roads, Streets and Back Areas”, and “Tidiness”, so we must concentrate on bringing our back yards, link roads, and approach roads up to a higher standard to improve this mark, and under “Tidiness” we ask that all unused signage such as B & B, Bar signs, Heineken Beer signs, name plates etc be removed, and all signage kept clean and legible with no broken or rusted corners. All derelict and unused premises to include boundary walls, doors, windows and inside glass doors should be painted and kept clean and without improving the standard and aiming for perfection Roscrea will continue to lose marks under the “Tidiness” category.
The Tidy Towns Committee, volunteers, Community employees, and T.Ú.S. workers continue to work extremely hard to improve the town’s mark under each of the ten categories of the competition, The litter, cigarette ends, pens, papers etc. seem to DROP FROM THE SKY overnight ? The Adjudicators this year in their report were very critical of the “necklace” of litter all the way in to town on the Templemore Road from Kennedy Park and also criticised the amount of litter and broken/untidy signage on the approach to Carrick Hill from the Templemore road roundabout. The Committee now ask the Business Proprietors operating on the Templemore and Carrick Hill roads to take responsibility for the volume of litter outside their premises, and have it picked twice or three times a day to avoid this unnecessary criticism of our town. If Clonmel can have a mark of 39/50 under Litter Control what does it say about the citizens of Roscrea ? Or is it raining down ? Do we want the title of “Dirtiest town in the County Tipperary” where we have the most active Tidy Towns Committee ?
RESIDENTS’ COMMITTEES AND LITTER BRIGADES –
As a Community we must take responsibility for the litter on our approach roads, Estates and Residential areas so we are now appealing to all Residents, Community groups and Sports Clubs to do their bit and put rosters in place where litter picks are done morning, day time and evening to ensure that no litter is visible especially all Summer when children are off school and are out playing in green areas and along the footpaths. All areas of the town must be covered to ensure that not a piece of litter is in sight when the Adjudicators come to town in June, July or August next year. The Adjudicators walk and cycle our town, estates and approach roads so they look over the ditches as well as into them, so we must get serious and tackle the litter situation in our town.
On a positive note, Roscrea scores very high in “Overall Development Approach” being 44/50, the “Built Environment” – 45/50, and “Landscaping” – 44/50. If we could only get “Litter Control” up to this mark Roscrea would be up to Gold Medal status. It takes time and effort and people who are willing to give more of their time to enhancing and improving the overall appearance of our town.
Active committees are required all over town in all estates and residential areas such as in Gleann Ghlas, Copper Beach, Assumption Park, Hillside, etc. where names of the Estate are visible on approaching the estate, flower and shrub beds are added to enhance the overall appearance of green areas, gates, railings, and boundary walls are painted where necessary, and above all not a piece of litter should be visible or in the view of an Adjudicator. Having seen to this in all estates Roscrea’s mark under “Residential Areas” would improve considerably also. Encourage young people to bring home their litter, then Roscrea wouldn’t have a need for litter bins similar to Abbeyshrule and Moynalty.
“THE TREES AWARD”
This is Roscrea’s second time to win this award, and with the vast amount of new and old trees all around the town is it any wonder. The Committee and volunteers worked extremely hard this past year to bring this title back to Roscrea again, and we were delighted to hear Roscrea had shared this award with Glaslough, Co. Monaghan at the Awards Ceremony at the Helix in September. This award was a very welcome recognition of all the work put into planting new trees, maintaining many of the older ones in Estates, the Roundabouts, approach roads etc. Eamon, Oliver, Daniel and Community employees spent many hours cutting lower branches and suckers from trees, removing wire fencing around them and growing into them, removing stakes falling over and trees growing into stakes also, while Ken pleached the lime trees in Carrolls Row. Trees in Rosemary Square will be trimmed by Ken over the Winter months. Ken has been a valuable new member on our Committee and is always willing to help and give advice when and where necessary.
THE COLÁISTE PHOBAL GARDEN:
This garden came about through a “Local Agenda 21” Council/Government grant approved during the year for a project concentrating on Biodiversity. Students from Coláiste Phobal came up with the ideas and plan by entering a competition for the best design with Biodiversity and Sustainability in mind and the Winning entry came from Aveen Bulfin, with Michael Cummins in 2nd place, Tara O’Dwyer in 3rd place and Sinéad Flanagan highly commended. The four winning designs were incorporated into one plan, and the derelict site was measured and laid out by Ken Wall, who did all the necessary ground work in preparation for planting. Work on this garden will continue as time allows, and a bridge will be erected over the tadpole pond, an arch at the entrance, and the stone wall will be rebuilt by Community employees.
THE “TREEWAY AROUND ROSCREA” was launched during National Tree week and many trees have already been planted to commemorate special occasions, anniversaries and events while no launch stone or information panels have been erected so far. This is on hold until planned and co-ordinated signage is designed and decided upon. If any special occasions are being celebrated in your family, or the opening or closing of a premises after a number of years, or you would like to mark an occasion then why not plant a tree and have it included on the “Treeway” with information with regard to same available and on display in the future.
PRESENTATION OF TIDY TOWNS AWARDS:
The Tidy Towns Officers and members will attend the Shannon Region Awards presentation in the Templegate Hotel in Ennis on Thursday night the 14th November, where they will be presented with their “Bronze” medal and Trees award. We can then look forward to the “Bronze Medal” sign being erected on an approach road to Roscrea.
2014 – WORK PROGRAMME
This year’s Three Year Plan includes improvements to the roundabouts and approach roads, and it is hoped to make a start on the roundabouts over the next few months and add more colour with weed block and mulch added to ensure that maintenance is not required all year round, and most of the present weed will be removed and controlled.
SPONSORSHIP AND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS:
The Tidy Towns Committee intend contacting all Businesses for sponsorship of a roundabout or a contribution towards the cost of work required to upgrade and enhance them so they create a greater impact as one approaches the town and are more impressive. The present planting with wildlife interests in mind will remain, while beds of flowers such as perennials, roses, shrubs etc will be added so that once planted again they will remain and will no longer be a financial cost to the committee each year. The Category in the competition under “Sustainable Waste and Resource Management” requires that we save energy and resources, thereby reducing the need for water, and ongoing energy and financial costs, so all proposed planting will be on a permanent basis. A Local Business has already contacted the Committee with regard to sponsoring a roundabout, and I understand one or two others are also willing to make contributions, so all donations will help towards the cost which will be in the region of €4-5,000 each and all donations will be most welcome and gratefully received. Be assured that all financial contributions made to Roscrea Tidy Towns Committee are spent around the town to enhance and beautify it.
Anyone who would like to make a contribution without being contacted can do so by making out a cheque to Roscrea Tidy Towns Committee, and forwarding to the Treasurer, Ms. Rose Crofton at Parkmore, Roscrea, or Eileen Doherty at Ballinakill, Roscrea.
Be the one to make the 1% Difference in 2014 and give one hour or more of your time to your town and community.
Meet us in Rosemary Square every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. weather permitting. New volunteers and active citizens are always being recruited.
IMPROVING ON EXCELLENCE MEANS SETTING NEW STANDARDS ;
DO IT FOR ROSCREA IN 2014 AND BRING IT UP TO “SILVER MEDAL” STANDARD.