A RECORD number of communities from Limerick city are expected to take part in this year’s national Tidy Towns competition.
Last year, a total of 28 communities and housing estates from across the city and its environs participated in Tidy Towns- many for the first time.
A seminar hosted by Limerick City Council ahead of this year’s competition attracted a lot interest and it’s hoped several more communities will take part in this year’s competition.
“We are hoping to get up and going and this (seminar) gives us an opportunity to meet people and to get ideas. Our estate is privately owned and we want to do out best to keep it clean and tidy,” said Ken McNamara, chairman of the residents association at Carrig Lea, Corbally.
Another estate hoping to take part in Tidy Towns for the first time this year is Sarsfield Park, Rosbrien.
Gerry Carrol of the Tidy Towns committee says residents there are looking forward to the challenge.
“We are just trying to get the place cleaned up. In fairness it is reasonable at the moment but it would be great to get a few flowers planted here and there because everyone wants to improve the community where they live,” he said.
A number of communities in the city received praise from the adjudicators in last year’s Tidy Towns and Caroline Curley, director of service at City Hall says they are hoping for more of the same this year.
“Tidy Towns is all about community pride and community development and we are hoping to build on last year’s success this year,” she said.
Helen O’Donnell, chairperson of the Limerick City Tidy Towns committee, which was awarded 238 out of 400 marks in last year’s competition is already looking forward to taking part this year.
“We did so much last year but there are loads of people who are enthusiastic and hopefully we will be able to improve this year. We will start our cleanups two days a week in March and people just can’t wait to start, “ she said.