Tidy Towns Report 2002

"Caring for our Envoirnment"

Centre Clonroche

County Wexford

Category B
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Date of Adjudication 19-06-2002

 

 

Maximum Mark

Mark
Awarded
2002

Mark Awarded 2001

Mark Awarded 2000

Mark Awarded 1999

Overall Development Approach

50

29

27

26

22

The Built Environment

40

24

23

22

21

Landscaping

40

32

31

30

23

Wildlife & Natural Amenities

30

18

19

16

16

Litter Control

40

33

32

29

26

Tidiness

20

14

14

13

13

Residential Areas

30

18

18

18

18

Roads, Streets & Back Areas

40

28

27

26

26

General Impression

10

7

7

8

5

TOTAL MARK

300

203

198

186

170

 

 

Clonroche. County Wexford

 

OVERALL DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH

Thank you for completed entry form and the very comprehensive 3 year development plan you submitted. Congratulations on your involvement in the International Nations in Bloom Organisation and especially your success in securing a silver award.

Clonroche has worked manfully over many years to help create for itself an identity and an ambiance which is both pleasing and indicative of further potential. Like most villages, on main thoroughfares, it is a constant struggle to create, devise implement and sustain a clear-cut division between it and the surrounding countryside. In this connection we applaud the installation of the large stone village nameplate. The provision of front facing walls where absent or in respect of recently completed dwelling, is important to promote an ongoing sense of enclosure and continuity. The national school area was very well presented and we applaud the mural in the shelter. On the negative side, Clonroche has a number of tired plastic, commercial and promotional signs which could with advantage be replaced by more appropriate and appealing signage.

The serious accusations in your development plan in respect of your Committees interaction with Wexford County Council raise important but separate issues which, more appropriately, can be addressed in a forum other than the Adjudicators report.

 

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The Community Centre was well presented and pleasantly painted. The Clochba'n Bar was colourful, as was the Boro Inn (1877). Tectors projected an appropriate air while the Glanbia plant and especially shop were well presented. The Orchard looked splendid on the day of adjudication, while the Garda Station sign would benefit from mere washing

LANDSCAPING

Pride of place is of course the Millennium Garden which is being exceptionally well maintained. The matured trees on the verge from Chapel Road junction towards New Ross are maturing very well and helping to give this needed sense of enclosure to the village. There are many excellent individual gardens and communal grassed areas are equally well presented. Avail of the opportunity to use ground planting rather than planters where feasible, as these are more natural, longer lasting and often require less maintenance.

WILDLIFE AND NATURAL AMENITIES

The Millennium Park, Johns Lane Project and sections of Fr Murphy Housing Estate are important potential elements in the devising of a wildlife programme. Enlist the aid of the Wildlife Officer from Duchas in the devising of a 3 or even 5 year programme to encourage more bird life particularly and wildlife into sections of your centre.

LITTER CONTROL

It is pleasing to report further enhancement in litter management. The litter bins positioned at Millennium Park were well maintained and the national school, in other centres a black spot, was in Clonroche, clear of litter. Congratulations to all involved. Litter bins were suitably sized and appropriately located in Cannon Murphy Park. Some litter was noted inside the railings at Glanbia plant.

TIDINESS

Traffic volumes will always be a difficulty in villages like Clonroche. The Recycle for Life facility at Chapel Road was suitably sighted and clearly being used. A number of plastic signs, as mentioned elsewhere, do now need urgent remedial attention. Very often simple sweeping of the area between the base of houses and other premises and the road proper would enhance matters considerably

RESIDENTIAL AREAS

The villas housing estate looked splendid and Cannon Murphy Park was also well presented. Individual houses throughout the village and on the side roads contributed to an overall good impression in this category.

ROADS, STREETS AND BACK AREAS

The very fine stone "Welcome to Clonroche" signs are visually important and very well presented.The speed limit signs on both Enniscorthy and New Ross roads were well presented.

GENERAL IMPRESSION

There is a passionate commitment evident from the members of Clonroche Development Association and the Tidy Towns group. We would recommend the devising of attainable clear-cut objectives, within the competence and capacity of your Committee. In particular give attention to the profusion of plastic signs which are no longer a positive element. Devise a suitable, long term wildlife and natural amenities programme while continuing to concentrate your welcome efforts on the elimination of litter.

OVERALL COUNTY WEXFORD

Category 'B'

Town

2001 Mark

Percentage

Blackwater

229

76.3

Ballymurn

226

75.3

Ballycanew

220

73.3

Rosslare

216

72.00

Clonroche

203

67.7

Coolgraney

197

65.7

Camolin

197

65.7

Oylgate

192

64.0

Campile

190

63.3

Duncannon

00

00

 

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Clonroche. County Wexford

 

OVERALL DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH

Another splendid year of structured progress by this community Because of its topography and the extent and intensity of through traffic, Clonroche has worked well to create a clear-cut division between itself and the surrounding rural countryside. There is an agreeable sense of community-wide involvement in your presentation, which is reflected in a number of the categories below. The Millennium Garden, very much the flagship of your activities to-date, is maturing delightfully and surely its immediate environs must be protected from inappropriate development.

THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The very large-scale Glanbia plant was well presented, as was the School at the other end of the village. The Garda Station was very attractively presented as was the public house premises Cloch Ban and The Borro Inn. S. Tector Funeral Home, featuring wall- hugging shrubbery, was impressive. The Community Centre, although not a visual focal point, is very suitably located and well presented.

LANDSCAPING

The delightful Millennium Park is an absolute joy and continued congratulations to all those involved in its initial construction and high level of maintenance. The tree planting both there and on the road to Chapel is a delight. The screening trees to the foreground of Glanbia are most appropriate while the smaller retail Glanbia premises with its suitable planting and red cobblelock is a strong, positive visual statement. Tree planting throughout the village has been done in a most suitable and progressive manner. The desirability of more intensive planting by the post and rail fence, to give a greater sense of enclosure to the whole street, might be considered.

WILDLIFE AND NATURAL AMENITIES

Your long term plan to utilise the former lane as a natural amenity area is a delight and it is wished success. Elements of the Millennium Park equally offer substantial potential for the encouragement of enhanced bird and wild life within the settlement. The communal grassed areas and open spaces in Father Murphy housing estate could, with advantage, also feature in this proposed programme of work,

LITTER CONTROL

Broadly speaking, litter management was of a high order throughout the centre. Litterbins, in profusions were noted close to the Millennium Park. Undoubtedly the availability and suitable positioning of litterbins is an important element in an overall litter management programme.

TIDINESS

Despite its busy through traffic volume, Clonroche does present an orderly appearance, which is commendable. Attention is directed to a number of signs, which are either time expired or are themselves below par. Amelioration treatment for the derelict house beside Sean Flood's should be explored. The Recycle for Life installation is very pleasantly maintained and appropriately sited. Some horizontal bars are missing from the fencing along the Main Road. Some spoil has accumulated at the side of the roads simple brushing would solve this problem.

RESIDENTIAL AREAS

Father Murphy Park and especially the communal grassed areas were very well presented. Individual houses and gardens projected varying standards. The planters here could with advantage, be filled to a greater extent for optimum display. Wherever possible please use ground planting in preference to planters throughout the village, the housing stock although small, is well presented with some outstanding individual gardens. The development at Woodlands of 18 houses will add substantially to the housing stock and is to be welcomed, There are delightful houses on the Killann Road.

ROADS, STREETS AND BACK AREAS

The approach road from the Enniscorthy side is a delight. The 30 mph speed signs and other signage are very well presented From the New Ross direction most signs are fine but one 30 mph sign is masked by the ESB pole.

GENERAL IMPRESSION

There is an energy and commitment very apparent in your overall presentation and in the approach taken to the development of the village. Securing the voluntary services of 30 members of the Community is, in itself, a major achievement. It is clear that the Tidy Towns activities, as they should be, are viewed as part of the overall projection and development of your community. We hope that the few which are not already fully co-operating with you can, by persuasion, be encouraged to play their full part in what is undoubtedly the ongoing an upward movement of Clonroche.

 

OVERALL COUNTY WEXFORD

Category 'B'

Town

2001 Mark

Percentage

Blackwater

228

76.0

Ballymurn

225

75.0

Kilmore Quay

218

72.7

Ballycanew

212

70.7

Rosslare

206

68.7

Clonroche

198

66.0

Coolgraney

195

65.0

Camolin

192

64.0

Oylgate

188

62.7

Campile

182

60.7

Duncannon

182

60.7

 

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