Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Environment initiatives could boost Tidy Towns

The next public meeting on Kilcullen's Tidy Towns programme will be held at 8pm pm Monday 29 February, writes Brian Byrne.

This follow up to the recent similar meeting hopes to put some bones on ideas which may have been generated from the last one.

At that event, outlines of sections within the Tidy Towns adjudication process where Kilcullen might improve were given. They included Community Involvement & Planning; Built Environment & Streetscape; Landscaping & Open Spaces; Wildlife, Habitats & Natural Amenities; Tidiness & Litter Control; Sustainable Waste & Resource Management; Residential Streets & Housing Areas; and maintenance of Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes.

"The wildlife, habitats and natural amenities section are very broad, and there would be endless possibilities for people with an interest in environmental matters to become involved in initiatives in these areas," says Kilcullen Community Action's Ray Kelly. "So these are areas that could yield a significant mark increase."

Other initiatives in the sustainable waste and resource management area could include arranging talks on recycling, composting, encouragement of resident groups to build community composting areas and leaving grass areas to grow wild (as Nicholastown Residents have done, pictured at top). In 2014, Nicholastown received a grant of €1,300 towards that initiative.

"Please bring along a friend or two to the meeting," Ray Kelly says. "Many hands make light work so a lot of people doing small things goes a long way to improving our community."