Towns and villages across Tipperary had another outstanding year following the announcement of the 2018 Super Valu Tidytowns winners recently.
This is the 60th anniversary of the Tidy Town’s competition and Tipperary’s continued participation in the event is reflected in our high success rate again this year. Tipperary had 77 entries, which was the seconded highest number and accounted for 9% of the overall entry of 883.
Across the county local communities involved in the Tidy towns have contributed significantly to the preservation of the natural environment, streetscapes, amenities, litter control and landscaping in the villages and towns. This in turn increases the attractiveness of Tipperary as a tourist destination and as an appealing place to live. To all these committees who dedicate such time and effort to the Tidy Towns endeavour, Tipperary County Council wish to thank them for entering the competition and to congratulate our prize winners.
County Tipperary received awards in all categories and won a total of nine medals in addition to other awards. In the small villages section with a population under 200 – both Terryglass and Birdhill were the recipients of a gold medal. The village of Emly was awarded a gold medal and Silvermines received a silver medal for villages with populations between 200 and 1000. Kilsheelan received a gold medal in the small towns section. In the large town section, Cahir, Roscrea and Nenagh received bronze medals and the final gold medal went to Clonmel in the large urban district category. Clonmel was also the overall national winner of the “Lets get buzzing” Local Authority Pollinator Award, which is aimed at conserving and enhancing wildlife in towns and villages. In the County Endeavour Section, awards were made to the villages of Ballysloe and Killusty.
Tipperary County Council provides a wide range of supports to the various tidy town committees in the form of grant assistance, facilitating workshops and in organising public awareness campaigns. This year, the Environment Section launched the “Keep Tipp Tidy” initiative to target litter on our road verges. One such campaign was the distribution of 6,000 car bins to motorist’s in particular young drivers.
As discarded coffee cups and food wrappers tend to be the predominant type of litter on our roadsides, the enforcement team of the Environment Section is working with the fast food outlets and using billboard signage on the approach roads to towns/villages to highlight the message to motorists that a “Takeaway is not a Throw Away”.
Looking forward to 2019, Tipperary County Council would also like to encourage new entrants into the competition and will continue to support tidy towns committees.