A waste survey is planned for Durrow and the Tidy Towns committee are being encouraged to use the results of this as a means to devise actions to minimise waste.
In the ‘Waste Minimisation’ category Tidy Towns groups are asked to seek innovative ways of reducing the amount of waste generated when undertaking projects as well as raising awareness of waste minimisation in their communities.
“With its lovely buildings, attractive central square and impressive landscaping schemes, Durrow did not disappoint,” was the view of the adjudicator as the town increased its mark awarded by five to 294. Durrow is also re-entering the All-Ireland Pride of Place competition.
The possibility of establishing a Junior Tidy Towns committee is also suggested. “Well done on involving the school children, the Scouts and the cubs in litter control. Perhaps, a Junior Tidy Towns committee should be formed which could concentrate on its own projects (under supervision)? This would be considered an excellent way of raising environmental awareness and of boosting participation at local level.”
The adjudicator observed a derelict site opposite Lawlor’s nursery and that the ICA Hall was in ‘poor condition’ and he enquired ‘what are the plans?’ for both.
Durrow is commended for upgrading its walk trails to Failte Ireland standards and the South Laois Tourism Cycle Routes are also seen as a positive.
Durrow’s litter control strategy ‘is working quite well’ and ‘a good standard of tidiness was apparent’. The adjudicator added, “Improvements are possible. The memorial park to Canon Corrigan was a little disappointing as it was weedy and the centre piece sculpture appears to be missing? Has this been vandalised? The flower bed at the welcome to Durrow sign on the Ballyraggett Road was filled with weeds and this gives a poor impression.”
The adjudicator was impressed with the appearance of dwellings in Durrow and said this demonstrates people take great pride in the town.