Involvement & Planning / Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail
& Pleanáil: 2015
is welcome to the 2015 National Tidy Towns Competition, thank you
for your submission which includes your three year plan and map on
which projects achieved for this year’s competition are highlighted.
The Tidy Towns initiative appears to enjoy a good rganisational structure
with an overall committee and five sub committees in addition to a
body of volunteers which can be called upon as necessary. It is good
to note a sub committee for liaison with schools. The ‘Shopfronts
of Dalkey’ project by schoolchildren on display in the Chemist
shopfront window deserves special praise, well done to all involved.
The range of groups with an input into the Tidy Towns initiative is
impressive as is the range of communication methods employed. The
new map of trails within the town is invaluable for visitors.
Environment and Streetscape / An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus
Both the SuperValu roadside façade and shopfront
together with Finnegans public house were admired for excellence in
presentation. Dalkey Flowers has two letters missing on its fascia
board and appears to be vacant; hopefully this will be rectified soon.
The majority of buildings within the town enjoy good maintenance.
The absence of overhead service cables along Castle Street enhances
its streetscape and this is complemented by co-ordinated and well
maintained street furniture. Hopefully the visually obtrusive wirescape
which features on Tubbermore Road will be removed in the not too distant
future. Well done on the painting of service poles at a number of
new Sports Hall of Loreto Abbey is a visually pleasing development.
and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte:
displays both in beds and containers throughout Dalkey were admired
for their colour and profuseness. Shrubberies and trees at all stages
of growth ‘soften’ the built environment and contributing
to the ‘greening’ of the town. Key focal points within the
town have all been landscaped to good effect. The ‘Extend’
premises Architects and Designers’ should plant the full length
of their window box to complement the existing flower displays on business
premises. Daffodils around the town in spring were delightful judging
by the photographs supplied and the Garden Competition makes a significant
contribution in this respect also.
Habitats and Natural Amenities / Fiadhúlra, Gnáthóga
agus Taitneamhachtaí Nádúrtha : 2015
on-going nature of projects which fall under this heading is appreciated.
The list of activities engaged in to date is impressive ranging from
the management of walks, parks and beaches for recreational amenity
to protection, conservation and education about wildlife habitats
and bio-diversity. The professional advice sought and acted upon ensures
that projects are well informed. The environs of Bullock Harbour were
a bit weedy and the chain link fencinga bit rusted, there was some
litter noted here. Amenity seating is noted favourably. Sorrento Park,
Dillon Park and the viewing point for Dalkey Island were enjoyed by
Waste and Resource Management / Bainistiú Acmhainní agus
Dramhaíola Inbhuanaithe: 2015
school children are to be congratulated on their Green Flag achievements
to date. We look forward with great interest to the outcome of the
‘Will Dalkey Go Green?’ initiative. An increase in visitors/business
coupled with a decrease in waste disposal costs is an attractive proposition.
The Greener Gardening and Greener Cleaning websites have lots of ideas
for materials and energy waste prevention and don’t forget to
Green the TT ‘office’ activities too! The recycling containers
in the car park of Dalkey Hill amenity park badly need to be refurbished
as they look quite scruffy.
and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair:
town centre was almost free of litter; no doubt the new ‘Big
Belly’ solar bins make a significant contribution in this respect.
Dalkey can indeed claim to be a very tidy town. The bridges were a
little bit weedy however cognisance is taken of the weed spraying
programme. Well done on the response to the problem of graffiti, the
results are impressive by any standard. Well done also on representations
made regarding overhead service cables, as noted previously this is
a blight on the streetscape of Tobbermore Road. Research into the
impact of the subject matter of advertisement hoardings is really
interesting and the outcome of discussions with the company involved
to ameliorate the problem of the negative impact of out of scale hoardings
on streetscapes such as Hyde Road and environs.
Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe &
Ceantair Tithíochta : 2015
residential development needs refurbishment to its roadside facade
as it looks quite shabby. Roadside boundary walls need treatment in
a number of instances. There are very many nicely developed gardens
within Dalkey and some wonderful rose gardens are a feature of Leslie
Avenue. The Garden Competition is acknowledged as an important factor.
Green open spaces within residential developments are generally well
managed and presented, new housing is duly noted and it is anticipated
that new residents will be invited to participate in the Tidy Towns
Streets & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna &
Lánaí : 2015
parking is well organised throughout Dalkey with adequate provision
made for on and off street parking. Street furniture is being nicely
maintained in most instances although a few street name plates need
to be refurbished. Approach roads and entrances to the town including
the Dart station and environs form an excellent first impression of
Dalkey. Side areas and lanes are neatly maintained also. The clearing
of debris, rubble and growth at the key focal points Hyde Road / Castlepark
junction and the Barnhill road/Ave junction is appreciated. If not
a traffic hazard perhaps the remaining two islands at the ‘Squareabout’
can feature container flower displays
adjudicator really enjoyed the visit to lovely Dalkey for adjudication
and will return to spend many more pleasurable hours sampling what
the town has to offer the visitor