Naas volunteers scrub up for Tidy Towns competition

IF Naas does not secure a gold medal in the forthcoming Tidy Towns competition it’s not likely to be for the want of effort.

IF Naas does not secure a gold medal in the forthcoming Tidy Towns competition it’s not likely to be for the want of effort.

A hard core of volunteers have been working to tidy up unsightly areas of the town.

The group, assisted by students at Naas CBS, have been working voluntarily to clean up ugly facades as well as hedgerows which are likely to attract the unwelcome attention of the competition adjudicators when they visit the town.

In 2011 Naas was awarded a total of 284 marks out of a possible 400.

This meant that four additional marks were secured since the previous year’s competition.

Naas Tidy Towns chairperson Rioghnagh Bracken also points to the town’s rising stock in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) assessment.

The most recent assessment of the town saw it secure an additional 24 points while it was heavily criticised previously by IBAL.

“Last year was the first time we’ve been invited to the Tidy Towns award giving ceremony,” reflected Ms. Bracken.

Nevertheless she wants more people to lend a hand to improve various parts of the town in the run up the competition. “We now have another silver medal but we would love to win a gold medal for Naas ” said Ms. Bracken.

The most recent addition to the drive was the painting of a mural depicting a scene from the canal harbour at Fairgreen Street, opposite Murtagh’s pub.