IBAL Report September 2017

Posted ago by Gerry

Athlone:  17th out of 40 towns / cities surveyed.  Clean to European Norms.

An excellent result for Athlone with nine out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade.  This is a big improvement for Athlone.  Some examples of top ranking sites included Burgess Park, Athlone Castle, AIT Sports and Athlone Institute of Technology and the Car Park of Golden Island Shopping Centre – these sites were all exceptionally well presented and maintained.  There was one litter blackspot– Car Parking area at Diskin Centre – this wasn’t just casually littered but subjected to dumping and there was no improvement here on previous IBAL litter surveys.

Cypress Gardens:  Grade A. The overall impression created at this residential area was a positive one, with a virtual absence of litter.  Seating was in good order.

 

AIT Sports Centre and Athlone Institute of Technology:  Grade A. An extensive area was surveyed and all aspects of the area surveyed were in excellent order.  Clearly this ‘Smoke Free Campus’ is very well respected by the users and carefully looked after by those responsible for the maintenance.

 

Car Parking area at Diskin Centre:  Grade D. This wasn’t just casually littered but dumping had taken place.  There was no improvement at this site since last included in IBAL Anti litter survey.  Much of the litter was alcohol related (cans and cardboard boxes).  The main surface area of the car park was very poor, with pot holes very much in evidence.

 

Golden Island Shopping Centre:  Grade A. The car parking area of Golden Island Shopping Centre scored very well.  The area was well served by litter bins, the pavements were clear of chewing gum and there was good use of planting and shrubbery throughout.  All aspects of the area surveyed were in very good order.

 

Church Street:  Grade A. This is quite a narrow street with many ‘olde’ style shop fronts.  The overall impression was a good one, however, chewing gum was pronounced, with lower levels of cigarette butts.

 

Burgess Park:  Grade A. This extensive public space has scored well in previous IBAL litter surveys and it was no different this time around.  The playground and pedestrian pathways were clear of litter.  A detailed notice explained the type of dogs  allowed in the park,  another regarding restrictions regarding  consumption of alcohol and there were plenty of dog fouling notices.  There was minor graffiti on the visitor information notice board and a litter bin.

 

The Strand:  Grade A. The overall presentation of this waterside amenity was very good.  Benching was in good order, grass was neatly cut and there was an absence of litter throughout.

 

Athlone Castle:  Grade A. The entrance and general environs of Athlone Castle was excellent.  Clearly a very close eye is kept on litter as there wasn’t any to be seen.  Visitor information signage was well presented and careful attention had been paid to the shrubbery – it was sculpted with ‘Athlone 2017’.  All in all, this was a top ranking site throughout.

 

Exit 8 on M6 Approach to Athlone from Dublin Approach:  Grade A. A very good first impression is created of Athlone along this approach road.  The road surface, signage and markings were in excellent order and the maintenance of the road was good.

 

N61 Roscommon – Athlone Connecting Road:  Grade A. There was a virtual absence of litter along this route which passes through two local authorities.

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Athlone Tidy Towns Garden & Estates Competition 2017

Posted ago by Peggy

Application Garden Estates Competition Form 2017

Athlone Big Clean-Up ( ABC) on Good Friday

Posted ago by Gerry

Plan of Litter Picking Good Friday 2017 v 3

We are about to commence the Annual Athlone Big Clean-up on Good Friday 14th April 2017.

Already some of the volunteers have been out collecting litter earlier this week.

So come out and help the massive clean-up.

 

 

National Spring Clean – St. Joseph’s College Summerhill

Posted ago by shay

Twenty one students undertook as one of their tasks for National Spring Clean to litter pick the extensive grounds of the college along with teacher and green schools co-ordinator Ms Marie Geraghty.

Gary Tyrell of Neat Street (An Taisce) was in attendance along with Lorainne Derwin Community Warden WCC
and Shay Hamilton Athlone Tidy Towns.
Well Done to all in Summerhill College

Athlone Schools supporting launch of Athlone Big Clean

Posted ago by shay

A Big Thank You to the schools who helped us launch Athlone Big Clean event which will commence on Good Friday.

Swift Talk 29th March -Birdwatch Ireland

Posted ago by shay

On 29th March we arranged that Ricky Whelan of Birdwatch Ireland would talk to both National and Secondary Schools on the Swift(Gabhlán gaoithe).
The talks over three sessions were hosted for us by Scoile na Gceithre Maistri and we would like to thank principal Idé Ruaidh and Mary McCormick for arranging this.
We thank the following schools for their participation and we look forward to the pupils using their newly acquired knowledge in helping us with swift sightings
* Scoile Na Gceithre Maistri
* St. Mary’s Ns
* Coosan NS
* Cornamaddy NS
* St. Aloysius College
* St. Joseph’s College Summerhill
* Athlone Community College

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Posted ago by shay

Members of our schools tidy towns committee took part this year .
On display were the environmental themes that the secondary schools had completed
Our thanks to the following who made it possible
Joe Mulvihill of Athlone Community College and pupils Anthony and Brad
Kevin McGeeney of St. Aloysius College and pupils Conor and Paul
Marie Geraghty of St. Joseph’s Secondary College Summerhill and pupils Amy and Jasmine.
Lorainne Derwin Community Warden Westmeath County Council.
See Exhibits below:

Protocols that allow our National flag to be flown at night

Posted ago by shay

The National Flag protocols and guidelines have been changed that will now allow the flag to be flown at night once illuminated.
Senator Mark Daly who is a member of the Governments all party consultation group on the decade of Commemorations chaired by the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht worked with the Taoiseach Department to amended the previous guidelines.
Our thanks to Dave McGovern for his invaluable help.
See images below

Feral Cat House Project

Posted ago by shay

Athlone Tidy Towns partnered with St. Aloysius College to build prototype cat boxes for Athlone Animal Welfare.
The boxes were presented recently to Debbie of Athlone Animal Welfare by Seamus Lyons and TY students .
We congratulate all involved and look forward to feedback on these .

Inaugural Meeting of Athlone Schools Tidy Towns

Posted ago by shay

The inaugural meeting of the Schools Tidy Towns took place in The Bower on 25th October.
The full committee has representatives from four out of the five secondary schools in addition to Lorainne
Derwin WCC Community Warden and Athlone Tidy Towns School Liaison Officer.

The schools committee will not only support existing Tidy Towns projects but also engage in projects themselves consistent with the tidy towns ethos.