Carrick-on-Suir gains points in Tidy Towns contest despite judge’s criticism of littered streets

Carrick-on-Suir again improved its performance in this year’s national Tidy Towns Competition but more volunteers are needed to keep the town spick and span for next year’s contest.

Carrick-on-Suir again improved its performance in this year’s national Tidy Towns Competition but more volunteers are needed to keep the town spick and span for next year’s contest.

But the town’s performance in the environmental competition is being dragged down by the amount of littering the Tidy Town’s judge came across while inspecting the town.

The town scored a total of 261 points in the Tidy Towns Contest, the results of which were announced two weeks ago.

This was two points more than its score last year and were awarded under the Residential Areas category.

Carrick-on-Suir also gained a point under the Built Environment category but lost one point under Litter Control.

The Tidy Towns judge’s report refers to the shrinkage of Carrick-on-Suirs Tidy Towns committee but hopes for rejuvenation through partnership with the town’s Business Association, which should inject new energy and attract greater community support.

The report recommends planning that would identify a vision for the town over the next three years, a plan that should be ambitious but realistic.

It also mentions the importance of community support and more volunteers.

While there was much praise for Carrick on Suir, the presence of litter remains a major problem.

The adjudicators praised the conversion of the Franciscan Church into an Art Gallery, the eye-catching Barbers Lane in its red and white livery, the heritage finger signs, St. Nicholas and St. Mollerans Churches.

There was also praise for O’Ceallachain’s pub front and Sean Kelly Square, pointing out that it was architecturally well conserved with its tiled roofs and retained sash windows.

The judge said the Old Bridge was a wonderful feature but was badly littered in the alcoves, especially with cigarette ends.

Litter control was a major problem in the town and was mentioned in most areas especially around Abbey Hall with old wrappers, weeds, dereliction, flaky paint and tatty bunting. When he/she visited the town, litter was strewn all the way down Bridge Street and unfortunately the sheer quantity of litter at every turn marred the adjudicator’s experience of Carrick on Suir.

The report concludes that the town has everything going for it, medieval history, stunning natural heritage and a strong built heritage including the outstanding Ormond Castle. Yet litter makes it difficult to enjoy these attractions, as it is omnipresent, the report stated.