Ranelagh: Going green in bid for Tidy Towns win

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Ranelagh is entering the Tidy Towns competition for the first time as the local community get busy greening their village.

Last night the Ranelagh Arts Festival committee held a public meeting calling for businesses and locals to come forward and help clean up the area ahead of the competition deadline at the end of May.

"We are proposing that vacant spaces get turned into urban gardens and that we also build gardens on the sides of blank walls," said Terry Connaughton, who is chairperson of the festival committee.

Issues around parking and traffic will also be looked at by the new committee being established to "green-up" Ranelagh.

Meanwhile, a playground for young children has been proposed for Ranelagh Gardens and Dublin City Council will submit a pre-planning application for it this week.

"This is a welcome response to a long-running campaign by local parents with young children.

"The addition of the playground will give a lift to the park generally and provide a better place for all park-users," said Independent councillor Ruairi McGinley.