Date of judgements
|Overall Developmental Approach: 2008|
Welcome to the 2008 TidyTowns competition and thank you
for your the excellent plan and map which greatly
|The Built Environment: 2008|
The 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 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|
The 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
|Litter Control: 2008|
We 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|
We 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.
|Dalkey 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|
Residential 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|
Installation of trees and additional shrub planters at
certain area on St Patrick’s avenue has increased the appeal of the
|General Impression: 2008|
Dalkey is a lovely traditional town and contains some
wonderful old shop fronts and residences. Your efforts
|Second Round Adjudication: 2008|
|While 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.|