WHILE it may not come out top of the rankings in terms of points it is clear from judges that Spink is the embodiment of what the Tidy Towns is all about.
In the very first line of the report, which gave a score of the adjudicators say they are “delighted to welcome Spink to the 2012 Tidy Towns Competition and it is clear that the competition enjoys good public support in your village with 12 committed members on your committee.
This was the first time that the adjudicator had visited Spink and the judge found the village’s interesting features pleasing. The church was maintained to a high standard and the grotto looked very well. The school and its surrounds were also admired.
The committee was commended on landscape projects for 2012 which included the work at the picnic and wildlife area as well as the Church. Apart from a wildlife survey it is suggested that direction signs should be erected to help people find the area.
The Coopers Hill Walk project and a map was suggested for 2013.
The judge found that the villages’s extensive area is a ‘distinct disadvantages’ because it means a big has to be patrolled for litter. However, the judge reported that Spink appeared to be virtually litter free.
Unfortunately, the bring bank was a little untidy so continuous monitoring is suggested. Overall The adjudicator was most impressed by village’s tidiness.
“It is clear that the group has worked hard to control weeds and to maintain the verges throughout the village,” it said.
While segregation and recycling of all rubbish collected was a key project, the judges hope the committee work on ways to minimise and eliminate waste through composting, harvesting rainwater and growing your own plants.
The judges felt the roads presented a challenge because of the extensive roadside areas. Leaving the verges in their natural state and cutting the verges in selected locations (such as junctions) or cutting all verges within the area indicated on the map is suggested.
It was also noted that the pedestrian links within the village are quite poor with no footpath appearing to link the different parts of the village.
“Well done and keep up the good work,” concluded the judge.