WITH a score of 241, up 8 points from last year, the village of Attanagh was deemed to have tremendous potential in the Tidy Towns competition.
Arriving in the village via the bridge from the east, judges were impressed with this lovely natural stone structure and the church was also seen as an original and attractive building. It was noted that there are issues with derelict and vacant properties such as the mill, but the committee were applauded for their efforts to try to improve the appearance of these sites.
The landscaping on the green strip opposite the post office was a highlight, as it is comprised of an attractive natural stone bed that is in keeping with the natural stone boundary walls of the village. The magnificent mature tree in the centre of the village was also admired.
The judges praised the bird boxes and were delighted by plans for a wildlife survey. They were also excited by the proposed wildlife area at the old railway bridge.
Judges were disappointed to hear that there are ongoing problems with litter being thrown from passing cars and that dumping occasionally occurs at the old mill. However, they were pleased to note that there were no problems with litter in the village on adjudication day and the bring bank was spotless and well maintained.
The standard of tidiness observed in Attanagh was generally good and it was clear that the group have been concentrating on verge and roadside maintenance in the village. The area around the bridge was showing obvious signs of maintenance, while the entrance to the old mill building had also been cleared. However, additional improvements are possible, as the planted tubs at the cross roads were either empty of plants or overgrown and this gave them an untidy appearance. The planter adjacent to the gate beside the clothes bank was also quite untidy looking.
The standard of presentation of individual properties and gardens in Attanagh was very high and the approach roads were also deemed to be generally good.
“There is little doubt that with your hard-working and dedicated committee, you will continue to improve in the years ahead,” concluded the judges.Att