Volunteers commended for their work on Tidy Towns competition

Volunteers commended for their work on Tidy Towns competition

By Maurice Garvey

LOCAL Tidy Towns continue their rise up the National Tidy Towns competition charts this week.

Lucan were top dogs in South Dublin County with a score of 299 – and an impressive 1,000 hours of volunteer work over the year with an action plan submitted for the coming years.

Cldk Tidy Town 29 September 2016

Clondalkin Tidy Towns (CTT) improved their score by 11 points on last year for a total of 271 points in 2016 – whilst North Clondalkin scored 222 up from 212 in 2015, and Newcastle scored 255 points, up from 235.

Palmerstown received a score of 251, Old Bawn returned to the competition after a hiatus with a score of 217, Woodstown Village got 237 points, Templeogue 228 points and Terenure 286 points.

A statement by CTT on Monday said: “This is only our fifth year in the competition, and we’re absolutely delighted with yet another positive increase in points which gives us encouragement to do even better next year.”

Templeogue Tidy Towns 3 29 September 2016

National Tidy Town adjudicators noted the sterling work of the CTT committee and volunteer force of over 50 dedicated residents, in making a “big difference to the improvement of the community.”

They commended the CTT strong communication skillsets, and healthy links with local groups, schools, businesses and South Dublin County Council.

They also noted the CTT involvement in other projects, including St Patrick’s Day, National Spring Day and a 1916 commemorative garden.

Lucan Tidy Towns 2 29 September 2016

Adjudicators also noted the architectural heritage value in the village, admiring St John’s Church, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tully Castle and the Carnegie Library.

They also commended weekly CTT collections of 19 bags – the equivalent of nine tons of waste per year at a cost of 480 volunteer hours.

Local Tidy Towns groups were congratulated by local representatives, including Fianna Fáil councillor Trevor Gilligan.

Cllr Gilligan said: “I am extremely proud of what the groups have achieved, not just in the competition but since their humble beginnings. I would also like to thank the numerous other community groups and businesses that have got involved.

“Whilst SDCC has done a lot to help, more resources and funding must be allocated to the groups. Time after time, the same issues come up at local area meetings.”

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