|Overall Developmental Approach: 2000
Dalkey Tidy Towns committee, although a small one, nonetheless shows
a very positive attitude towards the competition as witnessed by its
clear responses to the application form, neat map and common sense
approach to the town's future development. A keen awareness of the
town's heritage and its surroundings is apparent as well as a practical
approach to identification of the problem areas and the means whereby
to tackle same. Clear progress has been made in each category of the
competition and congratulations are extended to all concerned.
|The Built Environment: 2000
and commercial premises throughout the town looked well cared for
on adjudication day. Of particular note was Mac Donagh's in bright
red and cream and the Guinea Pig in yellow and red with its abundant
display of hanging baskets filled with petunias. The Queens Public
house also looked very fresh in yellow. Dalkey has a fine heritage
of stone buildings such as the Church, Dalkey Castle and Bullock Castle.
There are a number of attractive and clever shop fronts such as Handworks
with its use of mosaic and Photogenic with its superimposed photographs
within the sandblasted glass shop front. One or two shop fronts were
less well presented than others and a couple of plastic signs were
still in evidence. Glynis Robins is another attractive shop front
- many of these were nominated for shop front awards.
landscaping projects throughout the town were generally to a high
standard although the appearance of weeds and the broken timber benches
at the viewing area to Dalkey Island on Coliemore Road looked unfortunate.
The landscaped area near Sorrento Terrace on the same road was beautifully
maintained. Good use was being made of the landscaped area opposite
the AIB, however, the gable wall adjacent appeared to be quite flaky.
The green space to the centre of St. Patrick's Square looked most
attractive and the relatively new trees to the SuperValu car park
were admired. Another attractive open space was noted adjacent to
the car park of the Dart Station - some litter at the granite kerbstones
to the footpath edge detracted somewhat from this good impression.
|Wildlife and Natural Amenities: 2000
is fortunate in this regard, situated as it is adjacent to the magnificent
seashore habitat. Your encouragement of the breeding of indigenous
terns is to be commended and the signal in relation to wildlife will
be most informative for the visitor and local alike.
|Litter Control: 2000
control could have been to a higher standard on the day. A scattering
was evident along Castle Street, in particular outside the AIB and
the cottages leading to the SuperValu car park where papers were blowing
in the light breeze. More litter was evident along Coliemore Road
at its junction with Sorrento Terrace, by the Library, in the SuperValu
car park and on the laneway leading to the Queen's car park and White's
Villas. Litter and weeds were also apparent to the steps leading from
St. Patrick's Cottages to the Dart station. Newspapers were strewn
along Coliemore Road. However, street furniture such as litter bins
were in good condition.
town generally looked quite neat and ordered on adjudication day,
however, weed control was a problem. Weeds were evident to the kerbsides
at Carysfort Road and Coliemore Road - in particular by Queenstown
Castle. Weeds were also evident in front of the Douglas Food Company.
Graffiti was also a problem to ESB boxes to Coliemore Road and opposite
Bullock Harbour to name but two. Hoarding is a practice which should
be discouraged, there appear to be far too many hoardings along the
approaches to the town giving an appearance of clutter.
|Residential Areas: 2000
both in the town centre and along approach roads were generally well
maintained. Coliemore Villas looked quite quaint and there were many
fine houses which were well maintained along Coliemore Road giving
glimpses through to the blue sea beyond. It was noted that Coliemore
Apartments were underway on the old Hotel site. St. Patrick's Square
was particularly admired having won the housing estate award in the
competition in 1985 it was most pleasing to note that the standard
has been maintained. Whites Villas were generally in good condition
although some looked grubbier in comparison to the more freshly painted
houses. An attractive terrace of houses on Lesley Avenue although
some of the boundary walls needed attention.
|Roads, Streets and Back Areas: 2000
works were noted at the town nameplate side on the Sandycove Road
- the kerbsides were quite clear on this road and hedgerows had been
cut back. This road affords a magnificent view to the backdrop of
the quarry beyond Castle Street as one approaches the town. However,
litter was noted at the entrance to the South Winds Estate entrance
and at Ulverton Close. Weeds were apparent to the kerbsides at Carysfort
Road. Weeds and newspaper were also noted strewn along Coliemore Road
which gives a magnificent view to Dalkey Island with its ruined church
and Martello tower beyond. The magnificent houses stepping up the
rock face beyond Sorrento Terrace looked quite spectacular. The church
car park was well maintained if a bit bare, perhaps a further landscaping
project could be considered in this area. Some of the road signage
throughout the town was not in particularly good condition. The pole
to the Yield sign on Harbour Road beside Bullock Harbour was quite
rusty and the Loreto Abbey sign at the bottom of Castle Street looks
|General Impression: 2000
has indeed maintained its village charm with a distinct gothic feel
in its unique seaside location. Litter was a definite problem on a
sunny but breezy adjudication day.
|SECOND ADJUDICATION (04/08/2000)
as usual was most appealing by virtue of its unique ambience. However,
litter was again evident but an even more significant problem was
weeds - in car parks (railway station, by Coliemore Harbour.......)
and at kerbsides in many areas. Particularly in residential areas
it would seem relatively easy to organise a road by road control of
weeds, litter and any other problem which might arise. You really
must try to rid the town of advertising hoardings as they not only
disfigure the building on which they are placed but also the streetscape.
Tackle the problems and Dalkey could be truly magnificent. Your statement
that "Dalkey has kept its unique village atmosphere amid suburbia"
is most apt - a credit to all responsible over the years.