THE recently established Dromcollogher Tidy Towns committee is working hard to restore pride in the town and also restore its charm, councillors from the Newcastle West electoral area were told last week.
A two-person deputation from the committee, which was set up last March, addressed the councillors at their monthly meeting in a bid to win their support for the committee’s ambitious plans.
“The response to organised clean-ups has been extremely positive,” Majella Ryan, a member of the deputation, told councillors and these have galvanised the community in a town with a proud history and a rich and well-documented heritage.
“We need to build on our heritage,” Ms Ryan added however, particularly in the aftermath of the closure of the Dresden factory and the AIB bank.
And the deputation called for a Village Design Plan which would take all the different elements into account and provide a framework within which future projects could be undertaken.
In particular, the Tidy Towns committee would like to see a revamp of the town Square, whose centre is dominated by the Garden of Remembrance. But, Ms Ryan pointed out, the wall of the garden is in poor repair and the committee would like to see that replaced or repaired and additional planting carried out. Traffic flow and parking in the Square need to be looked at and improved also, Ms Ryan said, and a pedestrian crossing installed.
The area to the rear of the library, where there is a memorial to those who died in the Dromcollogher Cinema Fire, was also identified as being in need of urgent attention as it is overgrown and dilapidated..
The Tidy Towns committee also asked that the council develop the land they own on the North Road into a nature park and a river walk linked to the Broadford road. “It is an ambitious plan but it would be a recreational facility,” Ms Ryan said. And they outlined more immediate problems such as potholes, particularly those at Hazelville which make it difficult for wheelchair users. They also pointed out that signage was very poor in the town with no information boards.
Both Ms Ryan and Mr Madigan thanked the council for providing a street cleaning machine service. “It has freed us up,” Mr Madigan said. But they asked for advance notice of the machine’s arrival so that small areas that can’t be reached by the machine could be swept by hand. Councillors agreed that while the council might not be in a position to draw up a village design plan itself, it might be possible to work in conjunction with West Limerick Resources.The council also agreed to notify street cleaning times and to collect any rubbish picked up by the committee.