|Overall Developmental Approach: 2008
to the 2008 TidyTowns competition and thank you for your the excellent
plan and map which greatly assisted adjudication on the day as well
as giving a clear overview of your overall objectives. We understand
your difficulty in recruiting volunteers when many people commute.
Often people who work long hours and have other commitments are reluctant
to commit to volunteering on an ongoing basis. Have you considered
creating a Best Street / Estate competition for Dalkey? This
approach has worked well in other areas as it allows people to focus
solely on their own area which tends to attract more interest, while
indirectly broadening your support base. Participation in high profile
national events as Heritage Week or Biodiversity week could also build
|The Built Environment: 2008
sewage scheme upgrade at Coliemore Harbour is a very positive step
in ensuring cleaner water in the Dalkey area. This will be beneficial
not only for the residents of the area, but also for all sea life.
The Garda station was painted a lovely light blue colour and fit into
the beachside atmosphere of Dalkey. The preservation of the Castle
and information on its history is very well done. The commemorative
stone seat dedicated to Harry Latham, local historian, is a wonderful
sign of appreciaton of a person involved in the community, The Castle
Park School is a lovely building for children to attend and landscaping
was actually underway on the day of adjudication. The Health centre
is well landscaped, but we were successful in locating the new water
feature here. The adjudicator’s presumption is that it must
have been at the rear of the property and not in public view. The
Eurospar main street frontage was done in a traditional style which
benefited the overall village look of the area. All the shop fronts
in this area were well painted and maintained. The Church of Ireland
and the Harrold Boys National School were in good condition.
landscaping in the Eurospar car park was well landscaped and colourful.
We hope that this does help you counteract the litter that has accumulated
along these areas in the past. The raising of the shrubberies should
stop littering catching in the base and even if litter does form here,
it will be easier to remove. We are pleased to hear that a native
species scheme devised for Harold boys school and look forward to
viewing this next year. The Dalkey heritage signs were appealing and
stood out against the landscape. However, some of them did need a
slight clean. The Health Centre had good landscaping at the front
but as referred to above we were unable to locate the water feature
mentioned in your report. The car park area was well kept and the
stone wall allowed it to fit into its heritage surroundings well.
The town was bursting with colour from hanging baskets. Because of
the traditional village feel of the area, the hanging baskets do fit
in well, where as other locations this might be too much. Visitor
information signs well maintained and informative. The area around
the castle was planted with colourful flowers. The stone work here
was immaculate and there were no weeds at all. The sign for the castle
needs some attention as it is a bit worn in places. Seating beside
the beach was plentiful and well maintained as were the stone walls.
|Wildlife and Natural Amenities: 2008
Castle Park Primary school pilot scheme to educate children on life
cycle of plants and local floral biodiversity is an innovative and
intriguing programme. It is wonderful that you were able to obtain
the area near Archibald’s castle for planting. We look forward
to hearing about the success of the scheme at next year’s adjudication.
Hopeful it is a programme that can be replicated at other schools
in the area. The native hedgerow scheme community project between
DTT Harold Boys primary school and DLRCC Parks department is a great
example of bringing community needs and education together. By having
children involved in projects such as this they can feel a real sense
of accomplishment which assists in instilling an interest in protecting
their environment in the long term. The work DTT is undertaking in
organising biodiversity project on school grounds will also have this
result. We note your work towards creating a wetland environment with
local flora to attract wildlife to the area. We wish you well with
this project and look forward to viewing the area in the future. Your
involvement with Birdwatch Ireland to provide nest boxes at Maidens
rock will also assist in protecting wild life in the area and your
work on Red squirrel conservation is also to be commented.
|Litter Control: 2008
are pleased to hear that you partner with the schools to participate
in the Spring Clean event. This is an important event as it is a great
way to bring everyone in the community out together for one day to
tackle litter as a whole. It is also a great way for people who can
not make ongoing commitments to be involved. In general Dalkey was
reasonably litter free. However, there were some areas that contained
litter such as the area outside AIB bank and the area outside The
Castle. There was a lot of rubbish in the corner of the Eurospar car
park including a lot of cigarette butts. It would be good to provide
a cigarette disposal unit in this area to reduce this. There were
also rubbish bags that appeared to have been dumped in the laneway
leading from the car park down to the main street.
|Waste Minimisation: 2008
are pleased to here about the composting at Harold boys national school.
We wish Castle Park, Loreto National School and Harold Boys National
School the best of luck in working towards obtaining a green flag.
With the high level of restaraunts and cafes, have you considered
encouraging a compost scheme for organic kitchen waste? Information
on reducing waste within the hospitality sector could also be distributed
and educational sessions run on this topic. By reducing waste these
businesses will not only be assisting the environment but will also
reduce their expenditure by diverting this waste from landfill.
definitely has an overall tidy appearance which is great for such
a busy Dublin suburb. The parking area next to church could be better
signed on the main street and the signs at the Castle really need
to be repaired. The footpaths were generally in good condition and
no weeds were evident in the main public areas. There is a problem
with graffiti which will need to be tackled.
|Residential Areas: 2008
areas were generally well maintained throughout the town. The little
cottages up behind Eurospar were particularly delightful and the central
square was very well maintained. Templemore villas also feature wonderful
traditional residences. Have you considered running a Best Estate
or Best Street programme to drive stndards even higherr while indirectly
broadening your support base. This has worked well in other areas.
|Roads, Streets and Back Areas: 2008
of trees and additional shrub planters at certain area on St Patrick’s
avenue has increased the appeal of the area. The winding streets in
the centre or Dalkey add to the village appeal of the area. St Patrick’s
Road was clean and tidy on the day of adjudication. The entrance roads
were reasonably tidy and well signed, although some of the road surfaces
on the back street areas were a bit rough.
|General Impression: 2008
is a lovely traditional town and contains some wonderful old shop
fronts and residences. Your efforts
are really paying off and we wish you well in your future endeavours.
|Second Round Adjudication: 2008
we would generally agree with the first round adjudication, there
a few additional items we would like to bring to your attention. Advertising
hoardings should be discouraged if possible - there are quite a number
throughout the village, which give roadsides a rather cluttered appearance.
The floral displays throughout Dalkey looked very colourful, on the
day. People were sitting out enjoying the summer’s day outside
the Queen’s pub, which made a very cheerful impression, and
gives Dalkey a lively atmosphere. The village was in good condition
from the point of view of litter control on second adjudication day.
One problem area in relation to this category of the competition was
discovered, however, when attempting to locate the water feature behind
the Health Centre (which we were able to do on the day), where litter
and weed control was a problem. There was also evidence of dead weeds
to the car park of Eurospar, although the floral displays were admired.
Weed control was also a problem at the Green Road. The new seating
area and hard landscaped area was admired on Coliemore Road, affording
the viewer a marvelous view to the island and the waterside. The colourful
planters along the waterside at Bulloch Harbour were also admired,
as was the incidental landscaped space to the steps opposite. Dalkey
has maintained its unique village character and continues to perform
well in the competition. Congratulations are due to its dedicated
and hardworking committee.