This was the message echoed loud and clear at the recent Tidy Towns meeting which was called to review this year’s tidy towns report and encouraging result for the town in the Super Valu sponsored Tidy Towns competition. The Chairperson, Denis Ryan thanked all those who worked so hard all year giving us an increase of seven marks, and said it was a reward for their interest and effort on behalf of our beautiful town. He went on to say it was a great feeling to be at the Awards Ceremony at the Helix Theatre in Dublin and among the best in the country. Retaining “Bronze Medal” status for two years in a row is a positive result and will motivate the committee to try harder to succeed in reaching “Silver” Medal status in this tidy towns year. John Lupton Chairperson of RCDC proposed calling a public meeting so the community collectively can lobby for more worthwhile Government support and funding for the tidy towns efforts and also involve more people making them more aware of the standard required when competing with other winning towns. This proposal was welcomed by the tidy towns committee, and the Chairperson said they will come up with an outline plan of what is required, the eventual outcome, and then go back and discuss with the Roscrea Community Development Council. John Lupton was thanked for this initiative and support to the tidy towns committee.
When reviewing the Roscrea report, the Chairperson stated that it was a relatively easy read with few bad spots pointed out while he said there are many. The electric poles and cables on the Main Street did come in for criticism, plus petrol pumps that remain there since Moynan’s garage was operational. They stated Roscrea is now a “Litter Free” town, which many would question on a daily basis, however to give credit where it is due, the community employees were out on a daily basis picking litter, also Barney, and Donie and without all of these dedicated workers one wonders what they might have said. To add to this the tidy towns committee ably assisted by the Men in the SHED were out with their machines the night before adjudication removing weed growth, cigarette ends, dog poo, and litter from Rosemary Street, Rosemary Square, the Mall, and Castle Street, and without this cleaning one wonders if the town would have gained or lost a mark under “Litter and Tidiness”. Tidiness is now the biggest offender for Roscrea with so many open and unkempt yards on approach roads, back streets, out of date advertising (back of Damer Court Hotel) and the Sacred Heart Convent now falling into disrepair with entrance and drive way totally unkempt and derelict looking plus the wire on top of gate at the entrance (what kind of statement is that in a Heritage town ?) or why is it allowed. The Chairman went on to say that he will welcome any major improvements that are brought about by the Enhancement Committee with regard to signage and traffic management, the Heritage Society re upgrading the Heritage Trail, the Chamber and business community with regard to derelict buildings, and any community group, committee, sports club, school, youth group, etc that takes on a project will be supported by the tidy towns committee in the interest of Roscrea improving standards and increasing Roscrea’s mark this coming adjudication period (which will commence again the 1st June only seven months to be ready) by a minimum of ten marks to bring the town to “Silver” medal. It was then stated that a number of worthwhile improvements have already been made such as a new facelift for Michael Madden’s property facing the Birr approach to the town, and Crawfords both of which are on the Main street, and will be included in the next tidy towns application form, and also the welcome finish to the corner along by Matt Harte’s house on the Gantly road approach from Green Street. The Business community are asked to look at their property and improve where necessary, do a clean up, remove weeds regularly, do necessary painting, add flower containers, soften open back yards and walls by adding appropriate hedging suitable for wildlife, add trees, and remove anything that gives it an untidy and uncared for appearance such as bollards, advertising, broken bent gates etc.
Aiming for Excellence in the year(s) ahead which is required to bring Roscrea to “Silver” and “Gold Medal” status will include removing and undergrounding the wirescape sooner rather than later, upgrading and enhancing Castle Street and Market Square to make them stand out, compliment the historic buildings with character along the street, and make it a street of significance, improve link roads, back streets and open yards, and remove weed growth, bollards, derelict and unnecessary advertising etc. Roscrea has only fifty marks out of ninty at present under “Litter and Tidiness” and bringing about some “Quick Wins” would ensure Roscrea gets a deserved increase in marking to bring it to “Silver” medal and then with more lobbying for larger Government funding through public meetings etc the town will reach “Gold” Medal status very soon. Judging of the town commences the 1st June 2017 so it’s now time to start making improvements, getting involved, and attend the public meeting to be called towards the end of the Month or early November.
We all appreciate the superb community spirit in our town, and the Adjudicators of the tidy towns competition having read through the submission prepared by Dick Conroy complimented them also, so with all of this in mind it will be upwards and onwards for the remaining months of this tidy towns year, and we look forward to many more people taking notice, taking interest, taking on a new project, becoming involved, and feeling part of Roscrea’s achievements in the year ahead. Be part of Roscrea’s winning team.