Area Development Plan

Area Development Plan

Projects form an important part of Clondalkin Tidy Towns. Litter is often mistaken as the primary focus of the Tidy Towns work but the Tidy Towns initiative is much more than that issue alone. Tidy Towns is about looking at your town and identifying how to highlight the social, cultural and historical uniqueness for all to understand and enjoy. Clondalkin Tidy Towns is working with the South Dublin County Council alongside a number of organisations, schools, residential associations, business and community groups in developing new projects. No project is too big or too small as long as it enhances Clondalkin for all to enjoy.

The Tidy Towns adjudication process is marked under 10 different categories with each section being marked separately. If you wish to get involved in any of the work we do or if you can contribute expertise in any of the sections below we would be delighted to hear from you.

We are currently working with the South Dublin Tidy Towns Network and South Dublin County Council on a 3 year plan which will enable us to identify projects and set a timeframe for works to be completed. This plan has not been finalised as of yet and we are using the 10 different Tidy Towns categories to guide us for the year ahead. Our committee has drawn up ideas and suggestions for each category based on last years Tidy Towns adjudication report.

Over the coming year we are aiming to carry out projects to improve the following:

Current Projects

Projects form an important part of Clondalkin Tidy Towns. Litter is often mistaken as the primary focus of the Tidy Towns work but the Tidy Towns initiative is much more than that issue alone. Tidy Towns is about looking at your town and identifying how to highlight the social, cultural and historical uniqueness for all to understand and enjoy.

Clondalkin Tidy Towns is working with the South Dublin County Council alongside a number of organisations, schools, residential associations, business and community groups in developing new projects. No project is too big or too small as long as it enhances Clondalkin for all to enjoy.

The following are projects that our group is working on during this year:

 - Landscaping/Planting Scheme
 - Round Tower Site
 - Clondalkin Park & Leisure Centre
 - River Camac
 - Mount St. Josephs
 - Tree Planting
 - Derelict Sites
 - Newlands Cross

Clondalkin Park

Clondalkin Park Survey and Action Plan

By the Irish Wildlife Trust

In April 2013, Clondalkin Tidy Towns requested Dr. Rosaleen Dwyer, Heritage Officer with South Dublin County Council to approach the Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) to assess the biodiversity value of Clondalkin Park, Dublin 22 and to produce a report outlining findings and recommendations. Although overall the park is an open grassland area used by the public principally for leisure and sporting activities, the River Camac, with its associated riparian woodland and vegetation, acts as a bio‐diverse and important centre piece.

Striking a balance between the needs of the public and wildlife can be difficult to achieve due to limited funding and resources and clashing of different interests. However, small and manageable changes can yield considerable benefits to the public and wildlife, enabling areas such as Clondalkin Park to fulfil its role as a public amenity while acting as an area where biodiversity can survive and flourish. With our population becoming ever more urbanised and removed from contact with the natural world, promotion of biodiversity at all levels can help restore the balance between the urban and rural worlds, benefitting urban dwellers, particularly young people.

Clondalkin Park, like most urban green areas and parks, suffers from a certain degree of anti‐social behaviour in the form of vandalism, littering, illegal dumping and congregating of young people with little to occupy their time. These activities deter the public from utilising certain areas of the park and may result in management being unwilling to invest in facilities and upkeep in the park. It should be noted however that overall levels of such behaviour are quite low in Clondalkin Park and that it certainly is an area with great public amenity and biodiversity potential.

The IWT carried out a flora and avian survey in June with a mammal survey, including bats, carried out in July. Recommendations regarding current and future wildlife issues and concerns were presented in the attached report.

Overall Development Approach

Overall Development Approach

 

 

Tidy Towns 2012 Result: 26/50

 

Tidy Towns 2013 Result: 28/50

 

TidyTowns 2013 comments:Welcome Clondalkin TidyTowns to the 2013 Supervalu TidyTowns Competition. Your entry is very much appreciated. Thank you for your entry form and map, report on the Clondalkin Leisure Centre and Camac River Survey and photos. Although the population of Clondalkin is 45,126 you have designated your tidy towns boundary to an area with a population of Large Town F (10,001 – 15,000). Your committee of 12 seems appropriate for your workload. Your schedule of meetings is also appropriate. The number of agencies and bodies that support you is impressive and shows the esteem in which Clondalkin TidyTowns is held. Your communication channels are extensive, including print media, broadcast media and social media. You engage
very well with schools. Your comments about the benefits of the competition to your community and how your
work contributes to the community are well made.

Residential Areas

Residential Areas

 

Tidy Towns Result 2012: 25/40

 

Tidy Towns Result 2013: 25/40

 

TidyTowns 2013 comments: Your entry form marked out the boundaries for the TidyTowns area and it did not include housing estates or the wider residential area. This will have the effect of limiting your ability to score in this category. However, you do work with residents associations and you organise competitions such as Best Estate Entrance, etc. and this is commendable. You also paint boundary walls. There are residences in Condalkin that demand to be mentioned in this report – Church Terrace. It is almost as iconic as the Round Tower. A delightful terrace of stone 2 storey residences adorned with colourful hanging baskets and window boxes. They are very well presented and are evocative of times past. A plaque tells us that they were built in 1879, what a testament to the craftsmanship of the past.

 

 

Summary of projects undertaken for this year 2012 / 2013

 

• Clondalkin Village Summer Competition 2012 – Best Front Garden, Best Estate Entrance, Best Shop Front


• Painting of Boundary Walls  - Monastery Road (Lexington), Convent Road (Moyle Park)


• Painting of directional & street furniture


• Support with planting of flower beds at entrances to estates.

Roads, Streets & Back Areas

Roads, Streets & Back Areas

 

Tidy Towns Result 2012: 28/50

 

Tidy Towns Result 2013: 28/50

 

TidyTowns 2013 comments: Approach roads are important in creating the first impression of a town or village. Clondalkin has attractive name signs erected in key locations by the Chamber of Commerce. They enhance the first impression of Clondalkin. The approach off the Naas Road on the Monastery Road has a landscaped roundabout with a town name stone. Also an attractive Chamber of Commerce name sign. A good first impression of Clondalkin. The approach at the top of Boot Road has a town name stone with flowers. The Boot Road/Fonthill Road junction also has a Chamber of Commerce sign and flowers. However, there are too many poles, signs, etc. which obscure the
name sign. Road surfaces are good and there are no issues arising in this category.

 

 

Summary of projects undertaken for this year 2012 / 2013

 

• Removal of ivy from stone walls throughout village


• Painting of boundary walls


• Spraying of weeds


• Removal of Graffiti


• Strimming of grass


• Hedge Trimming


• Removal of ivy from granite bridge on Old Nangor Road


• Consultation with SDCC in relation to moving of wall on old Nangor Road and creation of new footpath – ensuring old wall is restored and preserved.