Tidy Towns Awards Released
The Tidy Towns competition that is organised by the department of the environment,Community and Local Government and sponsored by SuperValu released their awards to the country at the weekend. The main award went to the city of Kilkenny,and Waterford scooped a massive six awards,gold going to Lismore,silver to Ardmore,Stradbally,Dungarvan and Waterford city and Bronze went to Tramore.
Speaking about the tidy towns win Labour Deputy Ciara Conway said that she was delighted to see her home town of Tramore receiving a bronze award as she had helped secure a CE scheme for Tramore. She also stated that Ann Cheasty and the Tramore tidy towns committee had done fabulous work as anybody who saw the recent ad-campaign featuring Tramore will know,she said that people take pride in their towns and the SuperValu Tidy towns awards are a great way of recognising that aspect of Irish Life.
Tidy Towns Adjudication report: The content of your submission is first class; it seems unduly trivial to mention that its bulk is somewhat awkward to deal with out of doors when walking the town; this is nothing to do with marking, merely a passing comment that you might bear in mind for next year. The map is also first class. Committees are asked not to be taken aback by the marking totals which do not appear to relate to last year’s – this is mainly to do with the discontinuation of the General Impression category.
You will find that you have in fact had a very substantial rise in marking this year. The Three Year Plan is comprehensive and you have done what many other groups fail to do, set objectives under years as well as by category. Do not be disappointed if not every project is completed in its allotted timescale – the important thing is to identify what needs to be done and set out to work in an orderly way. Not having been in Tramore for several years on any pretext it was really delightful to visit the town in fine weather and observe the enjoyment of so many visitors: they would be mostly unaware of your work and that of associated agencies and of your background contribution to their happy holidays. Quish’s SuperValu clearly is most supportive.
The many illustrated information boards throughout the town impressed tremendously. It probably goes without saying, but must be said, that the Get Involved Community Initiative in conjunction with the Munster Express is a splendid concept; its aims are heartily endorsed here. The easy visual connection between the business and residential sectors of the town and the strand with its holiday amenities appears to be seamless; one does not sense a ‘them’ and ‘us’ feeling. Walking from the promenade up through the town in the direction of the Catholic church, with detours here and there, gives a wonderful impression of urban cohesiveness. As time goes on the aesthetic value of the older street buildings, whether they be shops or private homes, is clearly becoming more and more appreciated; forty years ago this was certainly not the case. Both churches are very well maintained, the Catholic in the midst of a very well presented landscaped area, the Church of Ireland in a residential neighborhood with a very handsomely kept Hall in its churchyard.
The two supermarkets at Summerhill are attractively designed. The thatched Ritz is very charming and the small shopping outlet Daybreak nearby very neatly presented. At the other extreme it was exciting to find small well-designed permanent ‘pavilions’ on the promenade catering for visitors. Maintenance of the palatial toilets here should be mentioned, and an intriguing new building emerging from scaffolding evidently for surf life-saving training.
The handsome former Railway Station has a forlorn look which is a pity in such a prime location. The facade of the Sands Hotel with its lovely verandah and floral displays, and the equally smart frontage of O’Shea’s Hotel with its purple petunias, are both proud survivors of the architectural legacy; the Majestic Hotel is equally well presented though it must have replaced a terrace of old houses in a way that nowadays would not be allowed.
If there were still an award for a shopfront it would surely go to Barry Herterich, Auctioneers, for the complete make-over of the former Bank of Ireland, in traditional style.