|Overall Developmental Approach: 2009
you for your very comprehensive submission, and your map which made
my locating the areas which you have worked on very easy. I am impressed
with your programme framework and division of tasks into the day to
day and the longer term. Your range and quality of contacts with the
relevant authorities is impressive and will lay a solid foundation
for future progress. The Dalkey Improvement Day created impressive
results and also fostered a deeper sense of community, well done.
Your support from the business community is also worthy of praise.
|The Built Environment: 2009
has rich heritage of commercial and residential architecture, which
is evidently much appreciated. The shop-fronts in the village are
largely well presented and respect the Victorian heritage of the village.
Perhaps it is a little precious to hope for an “authentic Victorian
“styled Oriental restaurant? The Queens Pub must have one of
the most inviting forecourts in the county. The tasteful re-orientation
of the supermarket works well. The more recent Starbucks coffee shop
is an object lesson in conservation and redevelopment. The lane way
to the Library building is well presented, but the aspect of the lane-way
beside 43 Castle Street requires attention. The landscaping of the
waste space at the top of Library Lane is pleasant and as with the
re-use of the space opposite the bank was an intelligent re-use of
what could so easily have been just a litter trap. Your attention
to the steps to Bullock Harbour and Kerin’s Lane are very beneficial
to the town.
work at the Dart Station and the Topaz Station are great improvements.
I think that the gravel bed at the petrol station can only be a short
term solution and the plastic base is already evident. The Graveyard
beside the Tourist Office was locked at the time of my inspection.
Perhaps one of your future projects might be to have it cleaned up
and sensitively landscaped. It could form a quiet contemplative space
in the middle of town. Well done on the seating in Dillon
Park. I noted that the old shelter near the road could be restores
and that the area around it could do with a general clearing out of
overgrown vegetation. Your other achievements in the parks have greatly
improved access. Landscaping on the site beside AIB is a clever dressing
up of a site that needs long term development. I was also impressed
with your work at Ormeau Drive.
|Wildlife and Natural Amenities: 2009
on continuing with your Primary School Environmental Educational Scheme,
“Seed to Feed”. The pilot scheme obviously
worked well and the proof of that is the fact that many other schools
have requested your help. They help of Dun Laoghaire County Council
and the staff of Loughlinstown Park is also worthy of praise. The
work of staff and parents at Harold Boys Primary School and DLRCC
is inspiring in bringing an understanding of wildlife to mind with
the hedge planting initiative. I look forward to seeing the results
of work to regenerate the Dalkey Quarry. The clean up, initiated by
the Irish Mountaineering Club is a good start. Its a grear pity that
the HSE got cold feet about the wetlands project but I hope it will
see materialisation elsewhere soon.
The telescope and informative sighs at Collimore Harbour are a fitting
tribute to John de Courcy Ireland and a useful well located amenity.
Your approach to this category is intelligent well thought out and
|Litter Control: 2009
was pleased to see so little litter about the town. Your hard work
has paid off. In particular your involving the local schools in clean
ups has a great educational benefit. The area around the supermarket
was clean. This is in part thanks to your tacking the litter traps
by raising planting beds and improving the surfaces around the trees.
Of course work by the management of the supermarket and the voluntary
litter patrols is also vital to keeping this area litter free. Local
litter patrols are hugely beneficial in keep in area clean and here
you are again “on –the -ball”.
|Waste Minimisation: 2009
on your progress in this category to date.
Once people understand the need for waste minimisation they are supportive
and often very enthusiastic about it. Your presentation by Brenda
Palmer will have won more support for the idea. I liked the good idea
of having tips on waste minimisation on the community notice boards.
Similarly projects such a composting at Harold Boy’s School
and bringing children to environmental days in Airfield House is of
enormous educational value. My best wishes to Castle Park on getting
Green School Status. Good luck with your future plans in this category.
has many natural and built features which enhance its appearance.
The town is however well managed and constantly under scrutiny for
opportunities for improvement by your good selves. Not surprisingly
on my visit I found little to complain of in this category. Signs
appeared clear and clean. Foot-paths and roads were generally weed-free.
Some attention should be paid to the management of the refuse bins
in the service lane-way off St Patrick Road which were in need of
emptying I notes at strong odour coming from them.
|Residential Areas: 2009
areas were generally well maintained. Thanks in part no doubts to
you best garden competition and the Dalkey Improvement Day which tacked
a large range of tasks. The unfriendly face of high fences and gates
“protecting” front gardens is growing around the town.
Perhaps you might tactfully discourage it.
|Roads, Streets and Back Areas: 2009
streets, roads and back areas were generally in a very clean and good
condition and there has been an improvement in weed control. Your
improvements to specific areas have been noted as your diligence in
locating tasks. The granite “Welcome to Dalkey “signs
looked fresh. There are a few areas that you might take give your
attention to in the coming year including the following: lane-way
beside 43 Castle Street needs which needs-weeding and a general clean
up Barnhill Road, the main entrance point into Dalkey needs resurfacing.
While I understand that this is beyond your range of activities, a
gentle reminder to the local authority might see this task adopted
into it’s financial estimates. The road surface and some sections
of the footpaths at the railway station need repair. I am impressed
with the list of works that you have tackled in the
|General Impression: 2009
map showing location of projects undertaken very useful. Dalkey was
a delightful place to visit, thanks in no small part to you work over
the years. Well done.