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Weekly News Roundup - Monday 18 Sep 2006

Tidy Towns Competition

Tinryland Village received a mark of 208 when the results for the National Tidy Towns Competition were announced last week. The score while the lowest in Category B in Carlow was still around the national average and the adjudicators report along with the great work by the local committee offer hope for continued progress in the future.
The landscaping work at Kaneís Cross was not included in the assessment due to its distance from the village itself.
In the overall developmental approach, the judges felt that a work programme, which was essential, was not submitted by the committee for the second successive year and this would encourage further progress if submitted. The village was described as part of a hidden Ireland and looked magnificent with the high stone walls and stone buildings.

In the Built Environment area, all buildings in the village were seen as well maintained particularly the shop with its very neat cartilage area. The restoration of the handball alley along with the re-development of the community hall was eagerly anticipated.

The landscaping work in the village was highly commended by the judges with a fine mix of plants ranging from colourful container bedding plants to permanent shrubs and young and mature trees. The roadside verges were seen as being roughly cut and need more attention to detail and maintenance particularly around the 1798 memorial and tennis courts.
The area was seen as practically litter free apart from on road edges entering the village, which would need constant vigilance. The recycling bins were seen as neatly presented and further waste minimization activities would again enable more progress.
The residential properties were seen as beautifully presented with the exception of some boundary walls, which needed refurbishment while the Dun Na Ri development was highly praised in terms of presentation.

Both car parks in the village were of a high standard and the road signage was seen as very good along with the approach roads. The presence of overhead wires along with service poles was problematic though the adjudicators appreciated it would take time before these were ducted.

In their final assessment, the adjudicatorís general impression was that Tinryland is a beautiful village and could be described as one of hidden Irelandís oasis.
The full breakdown of marks was as follows: Overall Developmental Approach: 31/50, The Built Environment: 27/50, Landscaping 30/50, Wildlife and Natural Amenities 17/50, Litter Control 25/50, Tidiness 16/30, Residential Areas 25/40, Roads, Streets and Back Areas 27/50 and General Impression 7/10.

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