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Saturday 25 October 2014

Malahide keeps up the good work

Published 17/09/2013 | 15:45

Malahide Castle was praised in the report.

MALAHIDE had another terrific year in this year's national Tidy Towns competition, receiving a brilliant 293 points, remarkably the exact same score as last year, and taking second place in the Fingal area.

The seaside town was awarded a silver medal for its efforts, much to the delight of local volunteers.

'Malahide has performed well in the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition but can progress further,' the judges stated.

Attention should be given to categories where additional marks can be earned such as wildlife and natural amenities, sustainable waste and resource management. They were urged to consult with the Tidy Towns handbook and other websites for advice and tips/

The judges stated that the completion of the work at Malahide Castle was very good news, describing it as a wonderful attraction for locals and visitors. The adjudicator wishes he had more time to reacquaint himself with it.

'Malahide Cricket Club was very much a part of Malahide's built heritage and still looks splendid. The Casino has potential which has yet to be fully realised. It is very much a work in progress,' the report stated.

Other areas were singled out such as the Grand hotel, St Andrew's Church and St Andrew's School and and Parish Centre as well as the Malahide Marina.

The adjudicator wondered whether any survey had been undertaken of the wildlife in the area, 'Your 2010-14 plan mentions the preparation of a leaflet for biodiversity walks and funding for sings. This would suggest that you are working to a plan. Would you include details, please in your 2014 entry.'

It praised the implementation of the litter control programmes and the worked carried out by two CE participants and volunteers as there was no major litter problem on adjudication day. However, it found that there was 'significant litter' left by lunchtime diners on the village green.

Approach roads provide visitors with their first impression of a destination and the approach roads provide a good first impression, the report added. Generally road and footpath surfaces were acceptable. There are no issues with roads, streets and back areas.

It stated that the 8 to 12 member committee seemed adequate for a large urban centre of its size and the frequency of meetings appropriate for the workload undertaken.

'50 volunteers are a good resource to get the job done. In addition you get support from a wide range of bodies, businesses, voluntary groups, school and others.

'This is a good measure of the stature of Malahide Tidy Towns within the community.'

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