JUST days after Borris-in-Ossory electoral area councillors met in Clough and were informed that reduced financial and personnel resources were impacting on Laois County Council’s ability to carry out work, it was ironic that the Tidy Towns adjudicator highlighted the issue of speed limit signage obscured by vegetation growth on the approach roads to the village.
“Clough is a very attractive village that continues to make noticeable improvements and it is clear the residents of Clough take great pride in the appearance of their homes,” stated the adjudication report. Clough increased its marks by eight, from 252 in 2011 to 260.
The local Tidy Towns committee is nine-strong and while they received help from FAS, they were encouraged to also seek the assistance and advice of Laois County Council, Laois Leader and Laois Partnership.
Clough NS was commended on its excellent achievement of being awared their third green flag and the adjudicator advised, “Remember that involving the schoolchildren is a very effective way of both raising environmental awareness as well as recruiting enthusiastic young helpers!”
The adjudicator ‘loved the mature trees at the entrance to the village from Rathdowney’ as they create a very positive impression for the visitor.
The small plant and flower boxes opposite the pedestrian entrance to the chuch and the planters at the Lime Kiln were admired, while the adjudicator liked the raised natural stone landscaped bed that runs up to Mary’s (The Foxrock Inn).
The committee was commended for its shrub planting project to encourage wildlife such as forest flame and golden queen holly. And the adjudicator asked if a wild bird sancturary, as suggested in 2011, had been set up?
Clough received 42 marks out of 50 under the heading of litter control and the adjudicator was higly impressed with their litter strategy.
The committee are urged to consider undertaking a signage audit. “This involves inspecting each sign in order to ascertain which ones need to be cleaned, painted or replaced.”