Tipperary Town Council is a partner in the Tidy Towns effort in Tipperary. Since the Town re-entered the national competition, the Council has been proactive in the process, at all levels of planning, preparing and implementation stage. The Council’s view of the Tidy Towns effort is a partnership-approach grounded at local community level.
Among the Council’s role to the Tidy Towns efforts are planting and landscaping across the Town; administering grants to local groups under the Amenity Grant Scheme; support to Litter Patrols and Residents Groups clean-ups; hosting the Annual Spring Clean Week – Bulk goods and white goods collection; working with residents to tackle local blight spots; promoting the annual May-Sept Estates Enhancement Campaign.
“The Estates Enhancement Campaign has been successfully operating since 2003,” explained Mark Ryan from Tipperary Town Council. “In ten years fourteen local Residents Groups have signed-up at various times and over €20,000 of prize vouchers for the Moorehaven Garden Centre have been allocated to groups to date through a combination of RAPID Funding and Local Authority sponsorship.
The Campaign is an initiative to implement a stated RAPID Plan Action for the re-entry of Tipp Town into Tidy Towns competition and foster a partnership of enhancements between Local Estates, Tipperary Town Council, Town Centre Business and encourage local areas and communities to set-up strong local Residents Groups in conjunction with Knockanrawley resource Centre.”
Other aims of the Estates Enhancement Campaign is to create a focus for Residents Groups in regards to physical and environmental enhancements in their areas, to promote inter-estate inspiration, motivation and networking among local estates and generate ‘added-value’ to local estates by rewarding efforts with garden vouchers from the Moore Haven Centre for future enhancements and forging working partnerships with key stakeholders.
Adjudicators evaluate each area on different merits - i.e. visual appearance, levels of voluntary and community co-operation, youth participation, significant progress on enhancing areas etc. and a Public Awards Ceremony is held in the Autumn to allocate monies to the campaign for vouchers at the Moorehaven Centre which can be used for future enhancements.
If you would like more information on the Estates Enhancement Campaign, contact Tipperary Town Council.