In a post here a couple of weeks ago Cllr. Bobby O’Connell (FG) announced that several Tidy Towns groups in the area would benefit from a cash windfall under the ‘Public Area Enhancement Scheme’ – under which an allocation of €90,000 has been marked for Kerry.
The Castleisland group was granted €2,250 and the locally based, Cllr. O’Connell said he was hopeful that the allocation would help to clear up the ‘Approach Roads’ eyesore on the site of the old garage on the Limerick Road ahead of the first visit by the 2014 Tidy Towns adjudicators.
The old shuttering-plywood hoarding had been completely flattened by the January storms and the wreckage was simply left where it fell ever since. This created a woeful first impression on this important ‘Approach Road’ to the town. It’s marking was sure to suffer heavily under that very Tidy Towns category if this week’s action hadn’t been taken.
“I had been putting pressure on the site management people for the past couple of months as that would have been a huge blow to the hopes of the Tidy Towns committee if it was left like that for the summer,” said Cllr. O’Connell.
This evening, this eve of polling day, the work is completed and the abandoned site is fenced off again and the appalling mess left by the storms of last winter cleared up. It may not win prizes in an aesthetics competition. But it’s a damn site better than it looked for the past few months and, it’s safe.
Under that same scheme, Farranfore was also allocated €2,250 – while Currow’s wild flower meadow project will receive €1,125 and Scartaglin was granted €975 for ongoing work there.