ROSCREA TIDY TOWN’S COMMITTEE OSCARS
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Having carried out a quick spot check of the Main streets in town at mid. day on Sunday last, the most noticeable improvement with regard to cigarette butts along the footpaths was outside Brendan Dwan’s premises in Castle Street where there wasn’t a cigarette butt in sight. This is the trend we want to see all along the footpaths and streets in the town, and unfortunately while the remaining footpaths were reasonably clean, the cigarette butts had been swept out on the street along by the kerbs instead of being collected and disposed of appropriately. Well done to Brendan and his staff for presenting the footpath outside their premises so clean and tidy. This is the standard that the tidy towns committee want to see outside all premises in the town and would like the Tidy Towns Adjudicators to comment favourably on in the Roscrea Report. We now look forward to many more improvements along the streets and footpaths in the town.
The second Oscar this week goes to the Residents of the Limerick road where they present their gardens to such a high standard and take such pride in them, it is like as if they are competing with each other ; If this standard could be replicated all over town, can one imagine the attractive and colourful town Roscrea would become.
The third Oscar for this week goes to Abbey Street as the best presented street with most of the buildings up to the standard one expects in a Heritage town. Most of the premises along the street have had a facelift in the past nine months, and we thank all the Residents along the street for this support and setting such a high standard for others to follow. It is such a pity that there is one unoccupied and unused business premises on this street.
Signage at the Roundabouts and junctions around the town is not in the interest of a tidy town, and will undo the hard work being done by so many volunteers and Community employees as it detracts from Roscrea’s mark in the “Tidiness” category of the competition. So much good work is done by so many people, and then we have the few who organise events, weddings, walks etc. and put up signage and don’t take the time to remove it. Events from as far away as Thurles and Cloghan, is advertised on large boards and wheels, and planted on our approach roads and within the town, this is just not acceptable to Tidy Towns volunteers who spend all year working in the interest of the town, and two months preparing an application to enter the competition, and then see this proliferation of signage all over the place. Roscrea Tidy Towns Committee and volunteers ask all organisers of events to please keep this in mind in the future, as they, the volunteers, will remove any signage that appears within the speed limit signs over the next few months during the Tidy towns adjudication period.
There are still the few who walk their dogs around the town and onto the green areas not realising how much it upsets people to see them allowing the dog to make a toilet of the footpaths and green spaces. Tidy Towns volunteers give up their time to sweep and clean the footpaths, plant flower beds on green spaces, and then have to look at people carelessly walking their dogs with no pooper scooper or bag to sweep up and dispose of it adequately. If you know some of those people would you please have a word with them, and advise them in the interest of health and hygiene, plus the environment, to take a bag and pooper scooper with them if they must walk their dog in the interest of the dog’s health and fitness.
TREES AND FLOWERS:
During the past week, the newly planted trees have been struggling for the want of water, and much time and money has gone into planting them, so if you live near any that you notice wilting would you please give them a large container of water nightly to keep them alive until the rain returns. Likewise with regard to new floral containers, window boxes and baskets, please keep them watered nightly, and feed them once a week to get the best results from them so that Roscrea is ablaze with colour for all visitors and Adjudicators to see and enjoy.
TESCO MANAGEMENT AND STAFF:
Thanks to Miriam and Monica who brought their staff out to help with planting the two roundabouts at their entrances during the intense heat on Friday last, and while it was probably their first lesson in flower planting, we now leave the work of watering, feeding and weeding to them for the Summer months.
TIDY TOWNS PLANTING TEAM:
The fourth Oscar goes to Mary and her planting team for the organisation, preparation and planting of all the flowers in containers, and beds, over the past few weeks, and with all this work almost complete, the Tidy Towns Committee and Community say a BIG THANK YOU, Completing all this work creates more, and now the watering and feeding must be done, and the Tidy Towns Committee are fortunate to have John who is so willing and dedicated and gives of his spare time to taking care of the containers and flower beds all over town as required. If you live near any of those beds or containers, and would like to relieve John of some of his workload, please give him a hand, or offer to take care of a bed or planter for him as each container would need up to five litres of water nightly in dry weather to allow the water soak down to the roots. Sometimes when you put your finger down in the peat you will find it is very dry, as often the water seems to run off the leaves, and never gets underneath them. If you have baskets or window boxes with dead flowers from last year would you please remove them, if not planting them this year.
OVERFLOWING LITTER BINS:
On Saturday evening last as I walked Main Street, I noticed a bin overflowing with litter from same on the footpath, and I wondered what it would be like after Saturday night and Sunday, and to my delight on Sunday I saw that some civic minded person had taken the time to relieve it, and removed the litter leaving room for more in the bin, so to that person I say a Míle Buíochas, - Roscrea needs more people like you ;; The state those bins are in is attrocious, and hopefully with the implementation of the new Enhancement Plan we will see new bins on the streets in the next year. The person responsible for emptying that aforementioned bin definitely deserves an Oscar, and while I am unaware of who it is I cannot mention a name.
Roscrea Tidy Towns Committee say a Big Thank You to everyone who has supported the ideals of the Tidy Towns competition, and has proven that the “Roscrea community will always shine”. “A MÍLE BUÍOCHAS DAOIBH TO LÉIR”