|Overall Developmental Approach: 1999
you for your application form and map highlighting the improvements
that your committee has carried out over the past year. It is good
to see co-operation and contributions from all areas of the community
towards your efforts in making Dalkey a more pleasant and attractive
place to live. We wish you luck in your negotiations with the community
council and active retirement group to join your current very small
committee of two members. Congratulations must be conveyed to you
in this regard for carrying out so many improvements with such a small
committee. We were very happy to see the many developments already
carried out in Dalkey, along with your proposals for the future.
|The Built Environment: 1999
streetscape looked very well indeed on the day of adjudication. The
lanterns, bollards and new flower baskets have contributed greatly
to the prettiness and attractiveness of Castle Street. Dalkey Pharmacy,
Kings Inn, the Queens and Dalkey Arts were just some of the well maintained,
nicely painted and colourful buildings we noted. We look forward to
seeing the completed development of the area opposite the AIB, a landscaped,
amenity area in the near future. It is wonderful to see the development
of Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre completed and to have it operating
as a year-round visitor attraction in the village. It is a credit
to the community and to the support that they gave to its development.
The sign posting for this Centre is also excellent and we were delighted
to see the bilingual nature of many of them. It would also be nice
to see some attention given to the paved area beside the castle opposite
where weed growth is becoming very evident. The area at Barnhill Supply
Stores is in need of some work and weed management and it would perhaps
benefit from a bit more colour and the seat at the Barnhill Road/Saval
Park junction is in need of a repaint.
praise must be given to the grounds of the Church of Ireland which
looked very well on the day of adjudication, there is some lovely
shrubbery evident here. The flowers at the entrance to the Church
of the Assumption car park looked very well and the flower baskets
on Castle Street and flower boxes at the entrance to the village add
great colour and freshness to the area. The grounds of the Catholic
Church are beautifully kept. The area at the end of Barnhill Avenue,
where it meets Barnhill Road, would benefit from some new planting.
Some landscaping is badly needed at the poster site opposite the garage
on Hyde Road.
|Wildlife and Natural Amenities: 1999
is located in a wonderful setting and the walks available along the
seashore are delightful, the Slí na Slainte signs are welcome. We
look forward to seeing the clean up of Bulloch Harbour as parts of
it look quite unsightly and strewn with litter at present. This is
a terrible shame for such a wonderful amenity - we hope that your
negotiations with the local fishermen in this regard prove to be successful
and that you can get their support behind this project. Coliemore
Harbour looked well, despite the nearby developments.
|Litter Control: 1999
control in general was good, particularly along Castle Street and
Coliemore Road, but there are some areas in the village that still
need your attention. There was much unnecessary littering in the carpark
of SuperValu where the development is currently taking place. Some
litter was also evident along Leslie Avenue and the bin there was
overflowing. There was quite a bit of rubbish to be seen behind the
railings along Ardeevin Road and there were a number of beer cans
strewn around the DART station car park. This should be given attention
in your ongoing negotiations with Irish Rail. Your anti-litter campaign
in local schools is commendable and should be continued.
we found the tidiness of Dalkey to be good but again, some vigilance
is needed where graffiti and messy kerbs are evident in the village.
The kerbs and grass verges along Ardeevin Road and Corrig Road need
attention and the rusty signposts and weeds at the entrance to Killiney
Hill, opposite Saval Park Road need work. Graffiti was evident on
Dalkey Avenue, on the ESB boxes on Saval Park Road and Coliemore Road,
on the bench on Leslie Avenue and also at the end of Sorrento Road.
There is some development and building work currently taking place
in the village which is obviously difficult to control but where possible
the untidiness generated should be kept to a minimum. The development
beside Coliemore Harbour has proved quite effective in this regard.
|Residential Areas: 1999
residential areas around Dalkey looked very well with nicely maintained
gardens and plenty of colourful flowers and nice shrubbery everywhere.
The garden competition is obviously helpful in this regard. There
are many magnificent houses and wonderfully maintained residences
around the village. Only incidental litter was to be seen and minimal
kerb management is required. We noted that the area to the left of
this entrance to Craiglands estate has been dug up recently. We look
forward to seeing some landscaping of this area in the future. There
was also litter to be found around this particular spot, which was
otherwise a very well-maintained and pretty estate.
|Roads, Streets and Back Areas: 1999
proposed development and renovation of Cuala GAA park on the approach
road into Dalkey is very welcome as it currently does not give a good
first impression as you enter the village. The area at Barnhill Supply
Stores still needs some work in order to also improve this entrance
point. There was some kerb control needed on a number of the connecting
roads and some incidental litter there which must be watched - please
ensure that back streets and laneways are given the same consideration
and attention that is given to the main streets in Dalkey. Signage
was good on the approach roads and throughout the village. The proposals
for improved access to Killiney Hill via the Cats Ladder and the Metals
are welcome as this is a wonderful natural amenity for that area.
|General Impression: 1999
overall appearance of Dalkey is impressive and the work already carried
out by such a small committee and the future developments proposed
deserve our congratulations. We look forward to seeing improvements
in the areas highlighted in this report for next year.