RUSH ACHIEVED a score of 234 in this year's national Tidy Towns competition, up nine on last year's score and the hard-working committee received great praise from the adjudicators.
In the judging report, they wrote: 'Rush is a lovely welcoming town to visit and adjudicate. There are many fine aspects to this area such as the lovely location with its proximity to the sea, some very fine buildings and good landscaping. Well done on your work in all categories for this year's competition and do continue with the hard but worthwhile work.' The adjudicators encouraged to put an overall plan in place for the area, backed up by the views of the community. 'When a plan is provided you can give a clear picture of what you want to achieve year by year. If you do not have a member of the group who can do this, perhaps a professional outside your group could be engaged.' Funding is available from Leader for this project, the report added.
BALSCADDEN Tidy Towns committee have been encouraged to put a three-year plan in place for the village, setting out the plans for each year. The North Fingal village has had a very successful 2012 campaign, achieving some 257 points in this year's competition, up five on last year's effort. In the judging report, the adjudicators said that the there was a strong committee of 10, supported by a large number of volunteers. They were applauded for engaging well with all the businesses and agencies, and the local national school in particular. 'It is good to see that your participation in the Tidy Towns has made you adopt a best practice approach and this can be easily noticed when visiting your lovely village,' the report added/ The tidy towns were encouraged to consider putting together a three-year plan. ' The plan can come from the community and should express their views. This plan should give a clear indication of the work for each year which you will be carrying out. More work can be gained by submitting such a plan.' BALLYBOUGHAL returned to the 2012 competition with a great result, achieving a score of 255 points. Praising the efforts of the committee, the adjudicators said they were working well with the community and encouraged continued engagement with the local school. 'When you last entered the competition you had a plan in place which is probably now out of date. Do consider putting a new three-year plan in place to move your forward in the right direction. This plan can be done by one of your committee with community involvement or engage with someone from outside the group.' The adjudicator added: ' The village of Ballyboughal is a village that has great potential to develop in the competition.'