Tidy Towns Report 2002
Date of Adjudication 19-06-2002
Clonroche. County Wexford
Clonroche. County Wexford
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 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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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