Tidy Towns 2015…. Five points gained

 

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Community Involvement & Planning / Rannpháirtíocht an Phobail & Pleanáil:

Thank you Glin for your entry into the 2015 National TidyTowns competition. You have submitted a nicely collated entry form. You have completed several ambitious projects during 2014/2015 including the installation of new outdoor gym equipment and town entrance enhancements. You have submitted a 5 year plan for your work with clear targets for each year during this time – do not forget to review this annually. The map was a little difficult to read – could it be rotated so it is at least A4 in size next year please? You work with many local bodies, businesses and other community groups. You even got the Baby & toddler group involved! Do the junior TidyTowns feed into your plans or in particular your long-term plan? The actions of Cloverfield Day Care regarding their composting scheme demonstrates that all generations in Glin are involved in your work

 

Built Environment and Streetscape / An Timpeallacht Thógtha agus Sráid-dreacha:

The restoration works at the Church were noted and well done for your patience as it is very important that works on structures detailed on the Record of Protected Structures (RPS) are managed appropriately. The talks given by the Historical Society also demonstrate the importance of built heritage around Glin. The Main Street of Glin is wonderful – the colours all work well together and nicely reflect a coastal theme. Nearly every building was presented to a high standard here, most having had a new coat of paint before adjudication day. The freshly painted Post Office building, and Credit Union all looked well. There was a broken light above the door of the library but no doubt you would have that quickly fixed. Traditional signage at Conway’s bar looked nice and was very nicely presented. Magpie Public House had a lovely shop front. There were lovely bright flags at the Community Hall. The school name was very nicely presented on its gable end and there were lovely mature trees in the grounds. One to watch is the external shuttering of the pharmacy that blocks off its nice window display in the evening.

 

Landscaping and Open Spaces / Tírdhreachú agus Spásanna Oscailte:

There is some lovely landscaping through the centre of Glin such as at the Church and the harbour area. The central amenity area on the Main Street with the pumps, seats, hanging baskets and lights provide a safe crossing and nicely divides up the road. O’Driscoll’s B&B and Hogan’s were just some of many homes that had some lovely hanging baskets on display. Ivy at O’Shaughnessy’s looked neatly presented and was a wonderful additional in the centre of Glin. Ivy is a native plant that produces nectar very late in the season, and is thus a very good food source for native wildlife such as moths. The whole water-front is a wonderful amenity area with the park, tennis courts and outdoor gym equipment. The harbour is another lovely area – bins and railings were nicely presented here. Could the shelter on the harbour itself be repainted? The newly planted trees at the harbour do not look in the best condition. Do not spray weedkiller at the bottom of these trees and do provide them with some mulch and lots of water in the first year of planting. More trees planted opposite the harbour entrance appeared to be struggling also. The new roadside walkway at the harbour was admired here – what lovely views you have all along here.

 

Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities / Fiadhúlra, Gnáthóga agus Taitneamhachtaí Nádúrtha:

You have highlighted the local designations for birds and wildlife – how fortunate you are to have some of the best wildlife habitats in Europe on your doorstep? You have had visits by BirdWatch Ireland and the children undertook a shore walk also. These are all ways in which to raise awareness of the important wildlife habitats in your locality. The garden in Cloverfield for bees is another lovely initiative and is a small step that forms an important part in the National Pollinators Plan, launched in 2015, to help protect our national pollinators. . You plan to plant 50+ trees each year as part of your long-term plan and this is to be admired. It is suggested that all straps are checked on relatively newly planted trees to ensure they are not rubbing and damaging bark of trees. Well done on the range of activities for this category of the competition.

 

Sustainable Waste and Resource Management / Bainistiú Acmhainní agus Dramhaíola Inbhuanaithe:

You have also carried out a number of activities here including installing the rain water harvesting at Cloverfield. Book swaps, upcycling and ‘no junk mail’ initiatives are to be applauded. Have you carried out any waste surveys? Perhaps some statistics here to demonstrate the extent of change in the community would benefit here?

 

Tidiness and Litter Control / Slachtmhaireacht agus Rialú Bruscair:

Many of every age have been involved with litter picks through Glin. Bottle banks at the GAA pitch were neat and tidy and well presented. Thanks to the GAA for allowing them to be located here. There was harris fencing at the end of the GAA car park that looked very untidy as road works were being completed on adjudication day. You did advise the adjudicators that the roads were being pulled up throughout Glin this Summer so no points have been deducted for this but it needs to be finished off properly. Hoarding at the Ballyhahill Road needs to be tidied up. Whilst commercial signage should not be encouraged, it sits nicely at Costcutters but the extra-long cable ties used to keep the signs in place were messy. Be careful of old bunting becoming untidy and rusty posts where signs are erected on the seafront. There was some old litter across the road at the gates to Oisin Hall – could the gates to this hall be painted to enhance this corner? One or two new premises had glossy commercial signs that did not blend at all well within the streetscape. The ‘children’ warning sign on East Mall needs to be straightened. There are a lot of satellite dishes on the front of premises that could been more discreetly positioned.

 

Residential Streets & Housing Areas / Sráideanna Cónaithe & Ceantair Tithíochta:

Well done on the Street Ambassador’s programme which is paying dividends. The presentation of the Georgian Homes facing the seafront was very high. Your adjudicator particularly liked the focal point on the gate of one of the houses that draws the eye right up the side entry of this home. Homes on East Mall also appeared very nice. Even sheds were freshly painted. In Corbry (Kilfergus) estate there had been a lot of weed spray and at the entrance there were three large metal posts which probably had an auctioneers sign on them – they should be removed. This was a lovely estate with many trees in the communal area. Your adjudicator has concerns about the lack of continuity of pavement from this estate into the centre of Glin. Church Street homes had a lovely use of colours. There was no name at the entrance to Marian Gardens where there was a wonderful Copper Beech tree in the central reservation here. Watch the use of weedkiller along the kerbside in Marian Gardens – hand pull these where possible. There was a lovely landscaped bed with shrubs at the turning circle here and boundary walls all looked well too here. The new homes on the Lower Mall have nice stone facing on them.

 

Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes / Bóithre Isteach, Sráideanna & Lánaí:

The N69 enhancement works were a great improvement. The works on the boundary wall at Glin’s castle appeared very well as you arrive from Tarbert. Approaching from the south, the first sign as you arrive into Glin was quite overgrown. The gates at the GAA pitch were very rusty and the boundary wall at the GAA pitch needed to be finished. The utility building as you descend into Glin from the south needed painting. Further down there is another utility building with a telephone mast – the boundary wall of this badly needs sorted. You have extensive growth of Japanese knotweed on the Ballyhahill road. This is a highly invasive plant that can grow through concrete and damages infrastructure. In the UK you cannot get a mortgage on a property if it is growing in the grounds, and it has held back the Luas works in Dublin by over 18 months. One small fragment of this plant’s root is enough for a new plant to form. As it was imported from Japan, where it grows on the side of Volcanoes, it cannot be destroyed by burning or composting. You should visit http://www.invasivespeciesireland.com for advice.

 

Concluding Remarks:

Glin really stands out for the high quality of the presentation of buildings. You have wonderful amenities for a small community and it was great to read that all generations take part in the actions of Glin TidyTowns. You are focused and hard-working. Well done on your endeavours this year. and hard-working. Well done on your endeavours this year.

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