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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Timely thoughts of Tidy Towns

Published 19/06/2013 | 05:36

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East Kerry Development chairman, Bernard Collins (right) pictured with Cahereens West residents: Mary Horan, Donal Daly and Margaret Prendiville after they were presented with their Best Volunteer Group 2012 at the Castleisland Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony at Garvey's SuperValu last April. Photo: John Reidy

Local Tidy Towns committee members have issued an appeal, or what they call 'a timely reminder' to all within their catchment area. The reminder is simply an appeal for the people of the area to take an extra look at their areas and see if they can bring about an improvement there.

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Local Tidy Towns committee members have issued an appeal, or what they call 'a timely reminder' to all within their catchment area. The reminder is simply an appeal for the people of the area to take an extra look at their areas and see if they can bring about an improvement there.

"Judging is probably taking place at present as, going on other years, we are usually judged in June. While the town looks OK considering the weather - it's a bit rough around the edges. Painting might be difficult at present but a drop of water and a bit of elbow grease works wonders! We are asking residents and businesses to clean windows and maybe power-hose dusty and dirty walls," said committee spokesperson, Mary Walsh.

In her note here this week, Mary Walsh pointed out that many people from town and the surrounding areas are using public and indeed private litter bins to dispose of their household waste.

While there is a hint of civic mindedness about the act - compared with those who tip bags of rubbish on the sides of roads - there is the fact that the spiralling costs of waste collection is now beyond the scope of increasing numbers of the population throughout the country.

However, as one lady put it to me recently "a bit of civic responsibility is all that's needed."

The Minister Phil Hogan sponsored meadows of many colours are now replacing lawn type entrances to housing estates all over the country and people are teaming up and turning to their neighbours to find a solution.

Flowery and fragrant the meadows may be but today's children have no coping mechanisms for such abandoned growth on their doorsteps.

They could draw inspiration and discover a key to a wonderful world of imagination from even a few lines of Patrick Kavanagh's poem: The Rich Tramp. "I am Rich, Although I lie in the shady side of a summer ditch. I see the faery children pass by to the wedding feast of the King's son, In a ballroom under a big buck thistle."

"Housing estates, both public and private, need to take pride in their areas and come together to sort out problems," said Mrs. Walsh.

"Tidy Towns volunteers are trying to get around to these areas but we just don't have the man/woman power to do everything. It has taken us the best part of a month to plant up all the flower tubs on the streets.

These flowers need maintenance for the rest of the summer so we are not going to get around to all the areas that need attention. Great credit is due to the people in the areas who have organised themselves and we are very grateful to them for their hard work. We would also like to acknowledge the individuals who clean-up and sweep in their own quiet way throughout the town and beyond," said Mary.

"The litter problem in the town has improved and we are appealing to people, especially business people, to pay particular attention to this matter. Windy days are not good from a litter point of view and unfortunately there are plenty of those. People should also be aware the litter bins on the streets are not for dumping household rubbish."

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