Locals happy with Tidy Towns improvements

NAAS’ march towards winning a gold medal in the Tidy Towns competition continues.

NAAS’ march towards winning a gold medal in the Tidy Towns competition continues.

Chairperson Rioghnagh Bracken said the committee is happy with the total mark for 2011 of 284 out of a possible 400.

This means that four additional marks were secured since last year’s competition. The results were announced yesterday (Monday).

“We also did well in the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) assessment which was announced recently, winning 24 extra points. This year was the first time we’ve been invited to the Tidy Towns award giving ceremony,” said Ms.Bracken.

Ms. Bracken, a member of Naas Town Council, said he hopes that more people will get involved and lend a hand to improve various parts of the town in the run up to next year’s competition.

“We now have another silver medal but we would love to win a gold medal for Naas and this will be our aim for next year,” said Ms. Bracken, adding that there is a hard core group of 57 volunteers cleaning up the town and surrounding areas regularly.

In neighbouring Kill, the adjudicators praised the local support for the Tidy Towns initiative. Kill garnered 295 points - which was 3 more than in 2010.

Sallins returned a dramatic improvement. The total marks awarded to the canalside village rose from 226 to 232 thanks in part to improved landscaping.

In Eadestown the mark awarded rose from 227 to 234 in the space of 12 months - including two extra points for litter control.

Athy Tidy Town’s Ger Kelly was delighted with the results, an improvement of two points from last year. “Once we are improving that is the main thing. Sometimes you get to a certain level and it is hard to maintain and improve on it. We are out every Thursday for the clean-up and hopefully there will be more improvements next year.”

Deaglan de Paor of Newbridge Tidy Towns said he was had been at the awards ceremony and was “pleased with the three extra marks and the fact that we won a bronze medal”.

He added that the association would be having a detailed look at the report.

and he said was “looking forward to the Minister’s promise that the litter legistlation will be revised so that those who transgress will be punished”.