The Ballinrobe Tidy Towns committee would like to thank all those who supported their efforts which have been rewarded in the form of a 21-point increase in their score in this year’s Tidy Towns Competition; 226 points up from 205 last year.
Ballinrobe was congratulated on the creation of the Heritage Walk and the judges expressed an interest in seeing the brochure next year. The committee were applauded for enhancing the built environment in the town with the majority of premises described as “nicely presented”.
The judges commented favourably on the planting around the town and expressed enthusiasm for the community gardens project.
The Bower's Walk was described as a wonderful amenity and the judges commented that the proposed nature trail around Ballinrobe should incorporate the flora and fauna of the Bower's Walk.
The committee’s litter-picking and area-specific clean-ups were applauded. It was noted that on the day of the judging a man with two very young children were litter-picking along Bridge Street.
The primary school was singled out for praise for its participation and success in the Green Flag initiative and ‘excellent’ roadside presentation. The committee was praised for running composting and sustainable living demonstrations during the year, and the judges were very impressed to learn of the eight new jobs created locally in the sorting of recyclables.
Overall, most residential developments looked well, but it was noted that some boundary walls around the town could do with improvements.
Generally the judges said: “Ballinrobe is a beautiful town with handsome features in the built and natural environment and enjoys a high level of maintenance.”
The next meeting of the Tidy Towns will take place on Wednesday September 14 at 8pm in the Parish Centre to further review and analyse the results.