THE COUNCIL has been asked to up its efforts in supporting the Tidy Towns effort in Malahide to help it compete for the regional and national awards in the competition.Malahide is a former winner of the competition but in recent years it has been surpassed even in Dublin by its Fingal neighbours in Skerries. Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) has appealed to the council for more resources for the town's effort in the competition and the local authority said it is committed to working with the local committee to improve the town. The council explained: 'Malahide was awarded 293 points in this year's Tidy Towns competition and came joint second with Dalkey in the Dublin area. 'Its score has been rising steadily each year with an increase of two points from 2011 and a further 4 points since 2010. 'Malahide also received a gold medal for their category. ' The winner of the Tidy Towns competition for the Dublin Region in 2012 was Skerries with a score of 306 points. 'Fingal County Council is committed to working together with Malahide Tidy Towns on improving the town and its surrounds. 'Should the committee request additional meetings with the Council representatives to further progress particular issues in Malahide, the operations department is more than willing to facilitate such a meeting.' Cllr Lavin asked for the council to help 'rise the effort and bring us back to where we used to be in Malahide' and said he would be grateful for any extra assistance the council could provide. Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF) said that improving a Tidy Towns score by even one or two points takes 'phenomenal effort' and suggested that graffiti in the grounds of Malahide Castle should be a target for improving the town. Senior executive parks superintendent for the Malahide area, Gemma Carr said she had been in touch with Skerries Tidy Towns to find out the secrets of their success and she was told that the number of volunteers in Skerries was larger than Malahide. But she said, it was planned to introduce to Malahide some of the measures employed successfully in Skerries like 'adopt-a-patch' and 'adopt-a-beach' where volunteers take on the responsibility for taking care of particular areas of the town and she said she believed Malahide would improve its score in the competition next year.