|Overall Developmental Approach: 2004
committee is thanked for their completed and comprehensive application
form for the Tidy Towns competition 2004. The information supplied
was very informative and provided the adjudicator with a good base
to work from before beginning the inspection. The documents submitted
with the application form provided the adjudicator with a lot of information
on Dalkey and the work carried out, however it is suggested that an
overall three year plan for the area be included in future applications.
The constant work with local community groups and schools is an excellent
method of creating awareness and gaining interest from the community
in the overall development of the area. The annual tree planting,
local groups adopting areas and the Family day in Killiney Hill and
the Christmas pageant are all good community initiatives. Continued
involvement from all aspects of the community is encouraged to ensure
the constant upkeep and care of Dalkey.
|The Built Environment: 2004
is a heritage village with a lot of character and charm. On the approach
to Castle Street from the Barnhill Road area, the area outside the
petrol station was well maintained, with work being carried out by
station employees on the day of adjudication to tidy up the area.
There is a lovely planter with a nice array of flowers at the junction
of Barnhill road and Hyde Road, which provides a nice entrance into
the area. As you continue towards Castle street it is unfortunate
that you come across quite a large poster site, though not very pleasing
to the eye or picturesque, it was overall well maintained, however
I do feel the area of Dalkey would benefit from less poster sites
as for a relatively small town it has a number of large poster site
areas. Castle Street itself is well maintained and many of the shop
fronts should be commended for their overall high standard of appearance.
Many areas of the street are extremely pleasant, the Catholic Church,
Goat Castle and the Heritage Centre among them. All of these areas
were well maintained.
The car park beside the Catholic Church was well
maintained and the information point outside the car park provides
the visitor with a good starting point to explore Dalkey. Queens Pub,
Don Giovannis and the Sorrento Lounge all looked pleasant on the day
of adjudication. Again the poster site near the heritage centre and
at the further end of Castle street opposite the Allied Irish are
not ideal but the adjudicator appreciates the committee's frustration
with these areas. However both areas were nicely maintained, with
little evidence of litter in these areas.
The lane ways off Castle Street were a slight disappointment
as they take away from the charm of the village. The lane way by the
library up to Supervalu is in need of attention with graffiti and
litter evident on the day of adjudication. The Library entrance on
this lane way is also in need of some attention. From this lane way
you can enter the car park at the back of SuperValu; again this area
is in need of some attention. The back wall of the
car park has a lot of graffiti on it and the grass area is not been
maintained. I agree with the suggestion submitted with the application
form that this area should be paved if it is not going to be maintained
as it is quite unsightly. There was also delivery trolleys, card boxes
and other material evident in the car park. A neater option for these
should be explored by SuperValu. The railway station is quite a busy
area with work being done in the car park area, which made it a little
untidy. The outside of the station itself was in need of some maintenance,
and though there were nice hanging flower baskets they do require
some attention. The Guinea Pig restaurant and Photogenic all looked
well on the day of adjudication.
new sign and planted area at Castle Park Road is lovely and looked
well on the day of adjudication., with the nicely paved area, new
sign and nice planters with a selection of colourful flowers. The
adjudicator looks forward to the proposed erection of the granite
signs in three other locations. Castle Street has benefited from delightful
floral arrangements and tress which make it a very pleasant street.
Many of the residents from residential areas surrounding Dalkey take
great care of their gardens with a majority of areas well maintained.
The residents of St. Patrick's Square should be commended once again
for the up keep of their area. Some kerb maintenance is required in
a few areas around Dalkey, on the Barnhill approach road, up Killiney
hill and some areas on Sorrento road.
|Wildlife and Natural Amenities: 2004
hill is a lovely area with great potential. A number of projects could
be undertaken to enhance this area. Possible publications/ information
included in the local newsletter on the area. Information panels should
be erected in the area to provide information on local wildlife and
birds in the area. The coastal setting of Dalkey provides Dalkey with
stunning sea views and lovely walks along the coast.
|Litter Control: 2004
local group scheme devised where local groups adopt an area and maintain
it seems to be paying off. There was little evidence of litter on
Castle Street and Sorrento Road and the residential areas off Castle
Street. A small amount of litter was evident near the DART Station
and on the laneway up beside the library. Overall the measures taken
to help combat the litter issue seem to be working.
the tidiness of Dalkey should be commended. Castle Street looked well
on the day of adjudication. The areas that need addressing regarding
overall tidiness are the SuperValu Car park area, the lane ways off
Castle Street and the car park behind Queens pub, there were a large
amount of empty bottles& kegs stacked up at the back of the car
park, which looked quite untidy.
|Residential Areas: 2004
of the residential areas around Dalkey looked well and should be commended
for there overall upkeep. Termon housing on Castle Street was well
maintained as are the lovely houses opposite Sorrento Lounge and further
along Sorrento road. White Villas and St Patrick's road are both well
maintained residential areas which add to the charm of Dalkey. Some
residential areas up towards Killiney Hill area are in need of some
maintenance, the entrance to Old Quarry hill is in need of some attention.
|Roads, Streets and Back Areas: 2004
approach roads into Dalkey are well maintained, however the heritage
signs are in need of replacing on the Barnhill road entrance as graffiti
was evident on the sign. However the proposed replacement of the heritage
signs with granite signs will be welcome. Small amount of kerb maintenance
is required on some of the approach roads, including Vico Road, and
|General Impression: 2004
is a lovely heritage village that sits on the scenic coast of South
Dublin. It has a large amount of heritage attached to the town that
is being developed to its best potential, along with a charming commercial
main street and pleasant residential areas. Some areas need to be
improved over the coming year to ensure that the standard is reached
and maintained. The community should be commended on their overall
approach to the development of the area and the adjudicator is looking
forward to seeing many of the items outlined in the Action plan for
2004 completed by next year.