Tidy Towns Report 2005

"Caring for our Envoirnment"

Centre Clonroche

County Wexford

Category B
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Date of Adjudication 06-07-2007

 

 

Maximum Mark

Marks Awarded 2007

Mark
Awarded
2005

Mark
Awarded
2004

Mark
Awarded
2003

 

Mark
Awarded
2002

Mark Awarded 2001

Mark
 Awarded
 2000

Mark
Awarded
1999

Overall Development Approach

50

34

32

31

30

29

27

26

22

The Built Environment

40

28

26

24

24

24

23

22

21

Landscaping

40

38

35

34

33

32

31

30

23

Wildlife & Natural Amenities

30

30

21

19

19

18

19

16

16

Litter Control

40

37

33

33

32

33

32

29

26

Tidiness

20

19

15

14

14

14

14

13

13

Residential Areas

30

27

20

19

18

18

18

18

18

Roads, Streets & Back Areas

40

32

30

28

28

28

27

26

26

General Impression

10

8

7

7

7

7

7

8

5

TOTAL MARK

300

260

219

209

205

203

198

186

170

 

 

Clonroche. County Wexford

Overall Development Approach:

Thank you for your interesting and comprehensive entry form. Your Plan should be effective because you have set objectives for each successive year - many entries do not do this, simply giving a list of general intentions. It was good too that you mention what to us are the 'invisible1 components - such as meetings, printing of leaflets, etc. Clonroche was looking very spruce on the date of the visit, due to what is clearly a co-operative effort masterminded by the Development Association.

The Built Environment:

The Community Centre was newly painted - a huge job, congratulations. The school also looked very well. The shops and buisiness premisses were, as usual, well presented. The flower-festooned An Cloch Ban would be entered for the shopfront award were it not for the mass-produced signs. It was good to see how well the open premisses of Glanbia Country Life was kept. Certainly the Campus filling station was seen to be neat and tidy - one would prefer to see an obtrusive canopy of this kind on a site outside the village core where it would not affect the visual amenity of the streetscape by its massive scale and colour - but it is the kind of development that can only be considered at the planning stage and so does not enter the marking. (It is a pity that the two handsome churches are at such a distance outside the judging area as their presence could certainly enhance the marking.)

Landscaping:

The Irish Countrywomens' Association milenium park with its spledid fountain is beautifully maintained - the copper beech hedge is remarkable, something rarely seen nowadays. Flpral decorations throughout the village by means of tubs, raised bedding and window-boxes were of a high standard - the long perspective of tubs is unusual and so well suited to this long street - it complements te perspective of young trees. The circular planting motif on the Enniscorthy road was admired, and of course the wonderful display at An Cloch

Wildlife and Natural Amenities:

The copper beech hedge has already been mentioned, and also tree planting - these catgegories overlap - in such a vaiety of species too. New hedging was also favourably noted on the Enniscorthy road. It is so good to see that in some areas decisions that were taken several years ago have proved to be the right ones. The 'Spout' had been improved. The Sli an Uisce was favourably noted. The interpretative boards look very well and inform the visitor as much as the resident.

Litter Control:

This was effective. Only a minium of disposable litter was seen. Congratulations to those who participate in the anti-litter sceme and the regular removal of litter. The bins were kept clean.

Waste Minimisation:

There definitely in a very strong awareness of the increasing importance of this category, and more than that, for effective measures are being taken. It is good to read that there is an arrangement whereby waste minimisation, and the separation of waste, is contributed to under contract by the main businesses in the area. The domestic recycling area was clearly much used and was neat and clean.

Tidiness:

Much has been done at the entrance to Clonroche mill in the matter of planting and fencing, but not all the planting has been successful and the roadside banks are somewhat rough: this is an important site and some further thought needs to be given. The fencing and forecourt at Clonroche Sales needs attention. A broken wall, perhaps the result of a traffic accident, in Father Murphy Park, had not been decently tidied pending repair. There is a rather overgrown bank on the left of the Adamstown road which, if tidied up, would reveal its traditional stone structure. These, and some matters relating to housing (below) apart, Clonroche certainly has an overall look of tidiness and of prosperity.

Residential Areas:

Many private homes contribute to the pleasant scene with their well kept gardens. The trim greens of Father Murchy Park were admired. Almost all the homes were well presented but some of the boundary walls were unpainted and two of the houses needed freshening up with paint. The recent development on the Adamstown Road described on the notce as 'County Council' was also well maintained in its public spaces and each individual house was looked after with pride. A solution needs to be found for the termination point, as the estate seems to peter out - such as a piece of lansdscaping, treeplanting and/or a fine stone wall to match the excellent walls in the neighbourhood. A solution is also needed for the rather ugly presence of boulders.

Roads, Streets and Back Areas:

Road surfacing, particularly on the main road, and footpaths, were good. It was also good to find a zebra crossing with flashing lights. As usual, trim verges on the approach roads herald Clonroach in a suitable way. Serious hedge trimming was seen to be taking plave on the Cloughbawn approach. Might the attractive lighting standards mentioned last year be extended in both directions? - there is still an ugly set of overhead wires on the Enniscorthy road. Stone roadside walls have already been praised.

General Impression: .

This has been a very good entry. Discrepancies were minor. The people of Clonroche, and the public agencies and commercial concerns which support the effort, are to be congratulated on their sense of community pride.

 

 


 

OVERALL COUNTY WEXFORD

Category 'B'

Town

2007 Mark

Percentage

Clonroche

260

65

Ballycanew

258

64

Ballycullane

257

64

Foulksmills

Camolin

Coolgraney

Oylgate

Campile

Taghmon

 

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