Tidy Towns Committee needs more volunteers

A fresh appeal for new volunteers to join Carrick-on-Suir Tidy Towns Committee was made as the group only has a handful of members at the moment.

A fresh appeal for new volunteers to join Carrick-on-Suir Tidy Towns Committee was made as the group only has a handful of members at the moment.

The call was issued by several councillors at Carrick-on-Suir Town Council’s monthly meeting last week where tributes were paid to the small committee for it work, which increased the town’s performance in this year’s national Tidy Towns Competition by a point.

Fianna Fail Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan said the Committee was trying its level best but its biggest problem was the lack of volunteers.

Despite the shortage of bodies, she noted that the group had achieved a good deal in clearing untidy areas of the town this year.

Independent Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald said a town the size of Carrick-on-Suir with a population of about 6,000 people should have a Tidy Towns Committee with about 18 volunteers but insteal there were just four people trying to do the work.

He congratulated the Tidy Towns Committee Chairperson Catriona O’Callaghan for trying to pull the campaign together and also paid tribute to the Town Council’s outdoor staff, whose work was instrumental in securing the marks the town achieved.

Independent Cllr Pierce O’Loughlin supported their comments. He said the move was on in 1916 to join the volunteers and now it was time that people volunteered for the Tidy Towns.

“A lot of people who are unemployed might look at the prospect of becoming a volunteer for half a day once a week. There is nothing belittling about that,” he said.

Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Liam Walsh also joined the call for new Tidy Towns volunteers.

“I want to thank the Committee, small as they are they are doing tremendouse work. But we are not going to progress much without having volunteers spending an hour in the evening...”, he said.

Cllr Cooney-Sheehan said the Tidy Towns Committee will be resuming its clean up campaign after Christmas and pointed out that the dates, times and venues of clean-ups will be posted on the Carrick-on-Suir Business Association website.

She supported the recommendation of the Tidy Towns judges report that a four or five year Tidy Towns action plan needs to be drawn up for the town.

She also noted that the report highlighted that a lot of weeding needs to be done around the town and she believed some of the flower boxes need to be replaced.

Assistant Town Engineer Nicola Walsh agreed to her request to remove a pipe that has lain on a traffic island on the Pill Road for ten years.

Meanwhile, Cllr Fitzgerald told the meeting a process needs to be put in place to improve the appearance of derelict buildings in the town and Cllr Richie O’Neill said more awareness about littering needs to be raised in the schools as there was litter thrown left, right and centre in their vicinity.

But Cllr Cooney-Sheehan responded that the schools were doing a good job in educating children and it was up to parents to educate them not to litter once they were outside the school gates.

The Mayor promised to visit schools in the town to press home the message not to litter to students.