|Overall Developmental Approach: 2006
Tidy Town’s Committee is a very active one and the adjudicator was
pleased to note that you have your own website. You seem to have a
strong relationship with various bodies including the Business Association,
The Heritage Centre and the County Council. The cross section of the
various backgrounds of the committee is obviously paying off. Dalkey
appears to have a very distinct and close knit community. Congratulations
on your win in the Tidy Districts Competition. You seem to have a
number of interesting and unusual projects underway and planned for
|The Built Environment: 2006
streets of the town generally looked well cared for and sharply presented
on adjudication day - in particular, Castle Street with its Heritage
Centre and Dalkey Castle looked quite magnificent. Dalkey is fortunate
to have a number of attractive shop fronts some of which are traditional
in style and some modem including Glynis Robbins, The Dalkey Pharmacy
and Photogenic Photographers in the vicinity of the Railway Station.
The Post Office looked quite fresh and the stone church looked well.
The Queen’s Public House was very busy on a sunny day with many people
sitting outside enjoying the sunshine. The Railway Station looked
quite charming and was extremely well presented. Your plans in relation
to the restoration of the bandstand in Dillon’s Park are to be commended
and the adjudicators look forward to seeing the results.
Patrick’s Square was simply and attractively presented. A planted
tub feature at the comer opposite the AIB Bank at the end of Railway
Road was admired. The Ramparts area looks well but provides a rather
narrow access point and laneway, which make it difficult for two people
to pass at the one time. It was being well used on adjudication day
but unfortunately the odd patch of litter was evident on the path
on the far side of the railway bridge and graffiti was evident to
the bridge itself. The graveyard area beside the Heritage Centre looked
well with an attractive gateway.Your plans to plant and pave the rear
area car park of Eurospar and to re-landscape Dillon’s Park are to
|Wildlife and Natural Amenities: 2006
development of the Ramparts area is to be commended and it sported
many unusual wild flowers in its grassy banks. The adjudicators look
forward to reading research by the Leo Group in order to facilitate
information boards on the flora and fauna of the area. The County
Council management plans for the open spaces and coastal areas within
the town are also looked forward to.
|Litter Control: 2006
impressions were that the town was quite free of litter on adjudication
day. However, closer inspection revealed a few problem areas such
as an entrance area at the town end of the Coliemore Road and the
area at the welcome sign on this road also sported some litter. Litterbins
appeared to be quite full- presumably due to the good weather - you
should consider the option of more frequent collection on days such
as these. The litterbins themselves could do with an overhaul in some
cases. A couple of papers were evident on the track leading to the
Ramparts, at the entrance to the town on the Sandycove side, around
the phone boxes on the Main Street, at St. Patrick’s Square, at the
railway station and in front of the church. However, these were very
minor outbreaks in terms of the overall impression. Vigilance is important
in these areas.
|Waste Minimisation: 2006
Bring Centre in Killiney Hill Park was quite neat but it would probably
benefit from a pulling in area in order to access it more easily.
At the moment anybody stopping to use it blocks the access into the
park area itself. Your plans for an essay competition and the sponsoring
of transition year students to visit Airfield Recycling Centre are
to be commended. Composting workshops are an excellent idea as is
your encouragement of local businesses to be aware to be green! Your
plans to hold seminars in the autumn and your surveys in relation
to businesses and their waste management policies are to be commended.
town of Dalkey has generally a neat and ordered appearance both along
main streets and to laneways. Do try to discourage advertising hoardings,
as there are a number of very large prominent ones within the town.
That opposite the AIB bank at the bottom of Railway Road was particularly
noted at the gable and it was quite tatty and flaky in appearance.
The post box at St. Patrick’s Avenue should be repainted, as it appeared
quite rusty. Weed control was a problem to kerbs at the parking area
forecourt outside the railway station, along boundary walls on Coliemore
Road and at the tramway yard.
|Residential Areas: 2006
are many good modern housing developments in the town such as the
Paddocks and Ulverton Close. These are both estates which have matured
well and are well maintained. Dalkey is fortunate in relation to the
wealth of magnificent houses on both Coliemore Road and Sorrento Terrace.
The attractive multi-coloured houses with gables to the roadside at
the corner of Castle Street and Dalkey Avenue were greatly admired
and would benefit from a re-paint. St. Patrick’s Avenue and Square
sports some very attractively restored cottages and the adjudicator
was pleased to note the use of traditional timber doors, which were
quite in keeping with the character of the houses.
|Roads, Streets and Back Areas: 2006
signage along approach road is most attractive and was admired. The
Sandycove Road affords the visitor a magnificent view to the rocky
backdrop behind the town. Some of the laneways - although many were
in good condition -looked a little shabby in comparison to the well
maintained main streets of the town. The tramway courtyard area appeared
quite weedy on adjudication day.
|General Impression: 2006
note your problems in relation to large advertising hoardings - even
if you were to approach the owners of the buildings to which they
are attached in order to ensure that the buildings themselves are
maintained this would make all the difference in the world. Dalkey
is an attractive and unusually unique town with a wealth of architectural
heritage and close proximity to the marvellous coastal bay area and
Dalkey Island. It is a magnificent town to visit in such close proximity
to the centre of the city.