|Overall Developmental Approach: 2003
Committee is thanked for their entry into this year's Tidy Towns Competition.
This entry contained a very complete Entry Form, excellent additional
information, two photographs, Dalkey Community Council Newsletter,
an Historic Review, Heritage Guide No. 16 - Dalkey Island and an excellent
Map of the Town. The Committee is to be congratulated on the quality
of this entry. There is however one item that should have been sent
and that is a three-year Programme of Development. The Adjudicator
will look forward, in next year's submission, to this three-year Plan.
These documents are of great help to the Adjudicator in seeing the
work being done and they should also be of benefit to the Committee
in monitoring the yearly programme. The committee's liaison work with
the County Council, G.A.A., St. John of God, community groups and
the pupils of the school are to be commended. The contributions from
some of the communities businesses is proof of the backing provided
by the local community. It is most important to continue this liaison
work with the various groups mentioned above, as they can give invaluable
help and advice to the Committee
|The Built Environment: 2003
of the great number of works, either being considered or to be undertaken
by the Committee in the Castle Street area, the Adjudicator decided
to concentrate the adjudication in this area and to leave out the
most charming areas of Dalkey such as Bullock harbour, Colliemore
Road and Vico Road, all of which are superb residential and landscaped
Castle Street is basically a delightful street, with the
slight curve on its plan and its buildings mostly two-storey in a
variety of styles. It is the commercial street of Dalkey. The laneways
off Castle Street should be one of the charms occurring in a quite
regular pattern at right angles to the main street. Some areas of
the street are just delightful, such as around Goat Castle, the Catholic
Church, Kilbegnet Close and Termon housing. However, in general, most
of the laneways instead of being paved with interesting paving, lighting
and some gateways, are very unkempt with much litter and indeed refuse
adjacent to kitchens and other work areas.
Starting at the railway station, the perimeter of
the car park is very untidy, with much litter and with no proper enclosure.
The perimeter of this car park should be enclosed in trees and shrubs
adjacent to nearby housing. The station itself has the example of
the delightful Guinea Pig Restaurant, other good commercial buildings
and some very fine houses and their gardens in that space fronting
onto the station building. Could not the railway authorities and the
Borough Council together not contribute to what could be a delightful
urban space and one of the main entrances into Dalkey. The Committee
should approach both bodies to work in one of the important areas
St. Patrick's Square, a winner many times for its delightful
and partially hidden square and still looking a gem. However, it is
completely undermined by the shabbiness of the approach road to St.
Patrick's Square and the car park at the rear of the Super Valu Shopping
The entire treatment of the Super Value centre facing
onto the car park is very poor, with storage areas for trolleys, card
boxes and other materials. Could not these areas be enclosed by sliding
doors, and also these doors would stop the trolleys being dragged
by vandals all over the car park.
The Library looks derelict and basically needs painting
to windows, fascias and lettering. The Social Centre,
backing onto the car parks is the most offending, with garbage, litter
and waste building materials and even a dismembered refrigerator.
This areas should be cleared up by the Social Centre.
Given all this negative development there is a charming
small group of housing off the car park which is most pleasant and
is struggling against adjoining litter.
The Tram Yard is a most interesting small square with
a furniture showrooms and other units, which is very untidy and with
much litter. There are very fine wrought iron gates in poor condition
and long unused which should be rehabilitated and used in front of
the existing gate into the Tram Yard. The footpaths on Castle Street
need regular hosing to keep them clean. A chewing gum removal machine
must be acquired.
The Queen's Bar and Restaurant is a charming building
with a very pleasant external sitting area. The car park behind the
hotel is relatively tidy and beside this is a most pleasant group
of housing known as White's Villas which is a delightful surprise
to come onto. The Adjudicator has seen many instances of wirescape,
but has never seen so many wires in such a small area. It is amazing
that so few houses could generate so many wires. Possibly the E.S.B.
and the Borough Council, in conjunction with the Committee, could
tackle this most intrusive wirescape.
Again, in complete contrast, the very good landscape
treatment around Goat Castle, the Catholic Church, Kilbegnet Close
and Termon housing, are delightful areas and very well maintained.
Similarly the area around Archbolds’s Castle, Dalkey Town Hall
and Heritage Centre. The Adjudicator will look with interest on the
Committee's approach to the items discussed above.
many ways Castle Street is basically a delight, with its many fine
lamp standards and floral hanging baskets, and this gives a great
uplift to people coming into this street from Ulverton Road to Railway
Street. Both the Committee and the Borough Council are to be congratulated
on this lovely display of colour. Similarly St. Patrick's Square,
as mentioned under The Built Environment, is a delightful urban landscaped
housing square, with its very well grassed centre, its trees, shrubs
and hanging baskets. It is a great credit to its residents to continually
keep it to a high degree of maintenance. In the areas outside Castle
Street there are the very fine grounds of the houses along Coliemore
Road and Vico Road. They make Dalkey an outstanding seaside town to
live in. The problem for the Committee is to see that Castle Street
is developed to a standard comparable to these outstanding landscaped
|Wildlife and Natural Amenities: 2003
Hill is an outstanding area to monitor and an area of wildlife with
its many diverse habitats. There is a wealth of plant life there to
support both bird and animal life. The Committee should contact ENFO
to obtain some of the very fine publications they produce on wildlife
conservation. In the meantime the Committee could consider also the
design and construction of illustrated boards showing both land and
seabirds that exist on the Hill. The Adjudicator will look forward
with interest on what has been achieved on this subject in next year's
|Litter Control: 2003
is basically needed in Dalkey is a Litter Management Strategy, especially
for the Castle Street area. There should be more litter bins, of a
type that does not impede the narrow footpaths. There should be a
number of notice boards on sections of the street showing the statutory
by-laws relating to the disposal of packaging waste, litter, dog pollution
and the fines applicable to these, and above all, a litter warden
to monitor difficult areas
are new buildings being built on Castle Street and this construction
work gives a sense of "1 untidiness to the street, but this should
be temporary and by next year's submission, the disruption should
be completed and the area cleared up. The Committee should see that
the contractors leave the footpaths and laneways completely tidy
|Residential Areas: 2003
the large residential grounds there are many single small houses and
smaller housing groups, with their gardens, throughout Dalkey. By
their care and design the owners of these gardens give a most friendly
welcome to people coming into the town. These owners must be congratulated
for the care and attention of these very lovely gardens.
|Roads, Streets and Back Areas: 2003
back areas of Castle Street have been discussed in some detail under
The Built Environment.
|General Impression: 2003
is a most delightful seaside town and has the potential to be truly
exceptional. Dalkey has heritage sites and buildings, outstanding
public open space in Dalkey Hill, very beautiful coastal areas and
gardens - except on its most important street, Castle Street - which
is in some way letting down the quality of its surrounding areas.
All that is needed is good housekeeping on the part of some of the
commercial areas in Castle Street and its back areas. The Adjudicator
is more than confident that these drawbacks can be overcome with the
co-operation of the Committee and with sections of the Borough Council
and looks forward to a Programme of Works that will overcome these
drawbacks on Castle Street.