Tidy Towns Report 2000

"Caring for our Envoirnment"

Centre Clonroche

County Wexford

Category B
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Date of Adjudication 20-06-2000

 

Maximum Mark

Mark Awarded 2000

Mark Awarded 1999

Overall Development Approach

50

26

22

The Built Environment

40

22

21

Landscaping

40

30

23

Wildlife & Natural Amenities

30

16

16

Litter Control

40

29

26

Tidiness

20

13

13

Residential Areas

30

18

18

Roads, Streets & Back Areas

40

26

26

General Impression

10

8

5

TOTAL MARK

300

186

170

 

 

Clonroche. County Wexford

 

OVERALL DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH

Following its welcome return to the competition last year, this year Clonroche has made dramatic strides in projecting itself as a pleasant and worthwhile stopping-place on the busy route from Enniscorthy to New Ross. There are indications of widespread community involvement, from enhanced litter management to your success in creating the Millennium Park. This is a very tangible and significant manifestation of collective, community support and involvement.

Because of its situation, on a busy roadway, it is highly desirable to create a clear-cut division between the surrounding, rural area and the village itself. On the Enniscorthy side, this is provided by the positioning of the speed limit signs, the town nameplate and the manner in which the road verge widens at the Glanbia plant. A similar clear-cut division should be worked towards at the New Ross entrance.

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The centre does not have an obvious focal point but is equipped with a number of attractive houses and a significantly sized and located mercantile premises. Tectors House and Clochean are both visually important, as is the sizeable Wexford Trading Centre which features pleasant trees in its cobblelock foreground. The sizeable Community Centre is very well set off by the new Millennium Park opposite.

LANDSCAPING

Pride of place must go to the delightful and spectacularly successful Millennium Park. In terms of layout, design, selection of plants and even the pagoda-like gateway it is a triumph. The seating, the meandering pathway, the very well presented grass and the wide selection of shrubs all contribute to a delightful and worthwhile millennium project. The timber planter at the Recycle for Life installation was appropriate, but would benefit from even more full planting. Throughout the centre hedgerows were neat and well presented, with substantial numbers of trees contributing to an overall greening of the village.

WILDLIFE AND NATURAL AMENITIES

The school grounds, the new Millennium Park and the Canon Murphy housing estate offer ample opportunities for the development of suitable wildlife habitats. This element of tidy towns activity can best be advanced by seeking the services of a local enthusiast or by speaking with the Wildlife Ranger attached to Dflchas - The Heritage Service. A programme of activities designed to heighten awareness and appreciation of birds and wildlife generally has been found to be materially beneficial in a social context also.

LITTER CONTROL

Litter management continues at a high order and all are applauded for the standard achieved. The school grounds were free of litter while sensible sized and designed litterbins were much in evidence in the Millennium Park. Litterbins were also noted in the Post Office area. Some litter was observed along the street in some locations, so continued vigilance is called for.

TIDINESS

Because of the volume of through traffic and the tendency to park cars in a fairly random fashion, it is perhaps more difficult to project a sense of order and neatness. Some spoil has been allowed to accumulate between the road and pavement although generally roads were well swept. The Recycle for Life installation opposite the Community Centre seemed well used and respected. A number of tired and in some cases obsolete - plastic signs need attention.

Their owners should be encouraged to upgrade or remove as appropriate. The large premises of Sean Flood would benefit from a repainting of the gates and a general tidy-up of the frontage facing the road.

RESIDENTIAL AREAS

Individual houses, in many cases, featured delightful gardens where a high standard was achieved. Canon Murphy Park was very well presented with individual houses achieving a very high standard. The nameplate was well presented and work was in progress on the grassed areas on the day of adjudication. A large container seemed to be very much out of position and a more appropriate site for it might be found. More robust and sizeable shrubs might be considered more appropriate for the foreground to the estate. Planters which are small and sparsely filled are best avoided in these locations and whenever possible, ground planting is to be preferred.

ROADS, STREETS AND BACK AREAS

Roads generally were well presented, recently swept and neat. At times there was not a clear division between the road as such and the foreground of commercial premises, which in some cases, contributed to an absence of a sense of order. Moving towards New Ross, behind the pleasant tree planting a small number of horizontal concrete railings need replacement. In the absence of speedy replacement, there is an accelerating tendency for others to suffer a similar fate.

GENERAL IMPRESSION

Clonroche, in only its second year in the competition, has made dramatic and worthwhile strides. Some individual difficulties remain, but with a continuation of the same level of community involvement and co-operation the centre can continue to thrive and improve, to the overall betterment of its citizens.

 

OVERALL COUNTY WEXFORD

Category 'B'

Town

1999 Mark

Percentage

Ballymurn

222

74.0

Blackwater

220

73.3

Kilmore Quay

214

72.3

Ballycanew

208

69.3

Rosslare

193

64.3

Clonroche

186

62.0

Camolin

185

61.7

Oylgate

179

59.7

Taghmon

174

58.0

Duncannon

170

56.7

 

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