Tidy Towns Competition 2014

Category

Maximum Mark

Mark Awarded

Community Involvement & Planning
60 36
Built Environment & Streetscape.
50 35
Landscaping & Open Spaces.
50 34
Wildlife, Habitats & Natural Amenities.
50 27
Sustainable Waste and Resource Management.
50 10
Tidness & Litter Contorl.
90 59
Residential Streets & Housing Areas.
50 31
Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes.
50 33

TOTAL MARKS.

450

265

Community Involvement & Planning / Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail & Pleanáil:

Thank you for the filled up entry form, map and future plans 2014 onwards and also the newspaper cuttings. I note you have 6 committee members. Although individual involvement in the committee is low it is good to see other community groups contribute to the presentation of the village. You are getting good support from the agencies and bodies you have mentioned. The local people are well informed of your activities. It is good to see that you have involved youth groups in your efforts and congratulations to the schools for winning the Munster area of the National Competition – Mooney Goes Wild. Your continued entry in the competition has built up a good community spirit; you have a good approach to the competition.

Built Environment and Streetscape / An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus Sráid-dreacha:

On arrival at the town we first of all visit the fountain; it is a great historical structure and has withstood the test of time and nearby we admire the elegant Glandore gateway. The Spar Shop is a nice cut-stone building and well presented. Kirby’s bar stands out with the attractive mural. A high standard is set at that bar and shop and is continued all around the village. Down the road extensive repairs were being carried out at that distinctive church and this will give it a new lease of life to serve the people for many years to come. The memorial to those killed by the Black and Tans is well presented and delightful to see it preserved over all these years.
I admired the thatched pub and here we see preserved traditional building techniques, and I enjoyed a lovely lunch there. The Medical Centre stands out; it’s a splendid building. The star attraction for me was to visit the great Cathedral; this structure has been lovingly restored. It hosts some unique architectural qualities and fantastic to see the splendour of the workmanship and it will now attract considerable interest and bring lots of tourists to your lovely village. I feel that the Cathedral is worthy of a wide audience, but this is not to overlook the splendid efforts of the people of the village and all done voluntarily. I see in the cuttings from the Ardfert News that the Juvenile hurling club members joined the community clean up on a wet and windy morning. And we see in another picture adults and children planting daffodils. Ardfert Printing is pretty and sported lovely window boxes of flowers, and then there was the nice St Brendan’s Community Centre. The school is delightful with four green flags proudly displayed outside it. There is a great amount of traditional stone walls in Ardfert and this gives the town a distinctive flavour. I saw details of the house that you did the work in, on the Tralee road, and it is splendid and does not attract the eye from the road – well done. I noticed that ivy is starting to grow of some stone walls near the Cathedral and this, in my view, should be removed as it will eventually damage the walls, and the great men that built those walls did not intend to have anything growing against them.

Landscaping and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte:

There is a lovely park in the village and delightful to see there the children’s playground where children were out in the fresh air enjoying themselves. Many mature and young trees are enjoyed as we pass along. With the huge amount of stone walls there is no real need for landscaping in large parts of the village as the walls have their own particular charm and are neat and tidy. It is hoped that these walls will be maintained to this high standard into the future, but we now find that councils are cutting back on doing this type of work. I visited the graveyards and saw all the great work you have done there.

Landscaping and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte:

the fresh air enjoying themselves. Many mature and young trees are enjoyed as we pass along. With the huge amount of stone walls there is no real need for landscaping in large parts of the village as the walls have their own particular charm and are neat and tidy. It is hoped that these walls will be maintained to this high standard into the future, but we now find that councils are cutting back on doing this type of work. I visited the graveyards and saw all the great work you have done there. I read your statement that no work has been done this year but the National School are continually building on their commitment to encourage wildlife and are supporting bio diversity with their garden, pond and planting at the school grounds, and they have their fifth green flag, one for biodiversity. All of this is applauded, but we must not leave it all to the children. There are lots of people in the area that are interested in the wildlife and you could enlist the assistance of people that could help you out and tell us all about the wildlife of Ardfert.

Sustainable Waste and Resource Management / Bainistiú Acmhainní agus Dramhaíola Inbhuanaithe:

Congratulations to all for the splendid work done in the national spring clean up, and this leaves the area well organised and tidy. We note the efforts of the school and their mentors and trainers. The attention to the dog fouling is applauded. Again we learn of great work done in the school and we congratulate them for success in the competition run by Mooney Goes Wild. We note your efforts to minimise fliers and junk mail, and the upkeep of the bottle bank which was spotlessly clean. The GAA club are congratulated for their efforts and we wish them well with the fundraising for the defibrillator.

Tidiness and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair:

Congratulations to all for the splendid work done in the national spring clean up, and this leaves the area well organised and tidy. We note the efforts of the school and their mentors and trainers. The attention to the dog fouling is applauded.

Residential Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe & Ceantair Tithíochta:

I visited the housing estates and all are presented to a high standard and I got the distinct impression that this is a wonderful place to live in. As stated earlier there is great work done on the old cottage on the Tralee road. There are some really beautiful private, stand alone, houses and many had impressive displays of shrubs, lawns, trees and boundary walls.

Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna & Lánaí:

Generally speaking the roads are in good condition with effective road signage. The many stone walls are sturdy and aesthetically beautiful. The Fenit road needs some attention, and you could inform the County Council about this. I felt that there could be a signpost erected at the graveyard junction to indicate the road to Causeway. The one way system is working well and keeps the traffic moving.

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