The Built Environment

The Built Environment

 

Tidy Towns Result 2012: 28/50

 

Tidy Towns Result 2013: 30/50

 

TidyTowns 2013 comments: Well done on getting a grant from South Dublin County Council towards your signage project. Please include this in next year’s entry form as it was not completed for adjudication this year. The tree planting has been moved to the Landscaping category. The formation of the Round Tower group is noted. Please also include this in next year’s entry form if work is completed for next year’s competition. The Mount St Joseph’s site was visited and photographed. Perhaps you would also include this in next year’s entry form with a projected time frame for completing the project. At this stage a rough estimate will suffice. The cleaning of the CB Packaging site still has rubble and weeds. The ESSO site has been moved to the Tidiness category. Please include the Old Nangor Road wall in a future entry from when work has been carried out. It was noted that a small number of signs have been removed by South Dublin County Council. It is noted that an audit of projects for immediate and long term attention has been carried out. Clondalkin has a lot of character and its built heritage has contributed greatly to this.

 

It’s most iconic structure is, of course, the Round Tower. The library is a building that stands out. The 3 churches
make their own contribution. St John’s Church of Ireland and its graveyard looks the oldest. Its grounds and
graveyard are neat and tidy. The Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Killian and the adjoining convent
are imposing. There is a majestic copper beech in the grounds. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
is a modern building in extensive, well maintained grounds. Tully’s Castle is another historical building. By
contrast the Civic Centre and Plaza are modern and well presented with sculpture, seats, colourful planters and attractive signage. Nearby the Garda Station is a large modern functional building identified only by the Garda
lamp post outside it. The schools range from St Joseph’s Boys school (1813) celebrating its bi-centenary.
Congratulations to Gael Scoil Colaiste Chilliain.

 

Three others also deserve congratulations – Presentation Secondary School Colaiste Bride for winning the All Ireland Volleyball Championship 2012 and for their 5 Green Flags and Scoil Mhuire with its 5 Green Flags. Well done to all involved. The Credit Union building is eye-catching. Traditional shop fronts can still be seen in Clondalkin. Two examples are The Black Lion which also has colourful window boxes and Freynes Pharmacy. Clondalkin Leisure Centre is a fine modern building with a busy swimming pool, colourful outdoor children’s playground which was also busy. So were the mini-football pitches and the BMX track. Outdoor seats needed to be cleaned and painted. However, the entrance and car park at Old Nangor Road are a disgrace and will be dealt with in the Litter Control category and in the Tidiness category. Watercourses were chocked with rubbish and even with shopping trolleys. Mill Pond Road was a black spot. There are derelict buildings opposite the Gaelscoil.


 

Objective: The conservation and presentation of buildings, treatment of derelict sites, design, extent and suitability of civic amenities, general use or Irish language in signage.

 


Future Scope: To identify, collate and highlight buildings and their environs, within the confines of the Clondalkin Tidy Towns that are in need of not only immediate but continued conservation and preservation and to work in partnership with all stakeholders, including local authorities and volunteer bodies to ensure compliance with

  

Summary of projects undertaken for this year 2012 / 2013

 

  • Application to SDCC under 'Revitilising Villages Initiative' for grant funding towards new information signage for the village and a comprehensive tree planting project. SDCC have granted us €20,000 towards both projects. The tree planting project is near completion and trees have been planted. We intend meeting SDCC shortly to formalise plans on design and location of signage.

 

  • Round Tower site group formed with the help of Clondalkin Tidy Towns The Round Tower site incorporates not only the round tower but also the exterior wall, gate and surrounding derelict houses and cottages. A comprehensive ‘file’ has been opened pertaining to the objectives, minutes, diagrams, design of various meetings. An application for funding was submitted by the Clondalkin Heritage Society with support and input from Clondalkin Tidy Towns under the SDCC 'Revitilising Villages Initiative'.

 

  • Mount St. Josephs site - Clondalkin Tidy Towns were formally handed the keys to this wonderful site on Monastery Road. The group intends to restore the site and include it on any future walking map of Clondalkin

 

  • Ongoing liaison between Tidy Towns committee and SDCC and owners of properties at the following locations to combat derelictions issues:

 

  1. CB Packaging site, Ninth Lock Road - This consists of a rubble strewn site, weed infested and badly littered (site completely cleaned in May 2013 by owners following several requests from Clondalkin Tidy Towns)
  2. Former ESSO petrol station, Monastery Road - This derelict site  is infested with weeds and the walls of the property were badly painted with graffiti (we requested the cleaning of the site and graffiti was removed)
  3. “Lexington” Monastery Road - This house, formerly one of the best maintained in Clondalkin, has been allowed to deteriorate badly. The boundary wall is broken in places but has been painted by Clondalkin Tidy Towns. The site is badly littered and we have attempted to clean it but have been warned against. We have requested on numerous occasions that the owners (SIAC) clean the site.

 

  • Old Nangor Road wall - SDCC have agreed to ‘move’ the existing wall on Nangor Road and incorporate it into the Nangor Road road widening project. Clondalkin Tidy Towns were kept informed at all stages of this project and we requested that the wall be retained and preserved.

 

  • Derelict Signage & Street Furniture - SDCC agreed to our request to carry out an audit on same and remove any unwanted signs. A small number of signs have been removed or replaced so far. We are continuing with our request to see the removal of disused phone boxes from Main Street & New Road.

 

  • Voluntary Poster Ban - A voluntary poster ban was introduced in 2012 by Clondalkin Tidy Towns to the historic village centre. Plans to extend this to cover entire Tidy Towns boundary. The voluntary ban has been very well respected by all parties and especially during the recent referendum.

 

  • Shop Signage Grants - Ongoing discussions with SDCC and County Architect Eddie Conroy regarding the possibility of providing grants to local businesses/shops to upgrade shop fronts/signage through a rebate of rates paid by business owners. SDCC are interested and will bring plans before the Council.

 

  • Audit of 'Built Environment' carried out -  Areas identified for immediate and long term attention:

 

A. Round Tower site
B. Moyle Park boundary wall
C. Tower Road boundary wall
D. Gable Wall Tower Road
E. Gable Wall at Sherlock’s Solicitors, Main St.
F. Mount St. Joseph's Cemetery
G. Derelict Sites
H. Derelict Signage
I. Old Nangor Road wall
J. Clondalkin Library

 


A. Round Tower
See above

 

B. Moyle Park Boundary Wall
Brambles and ivy cleared from existing wall and painted. Wall needs to be repainted. Do we have photos before/after?

 

C. Tower Road boundary wall
Work ongoing to clear brambles and ivy from wall surrounding cottage beside Domino’s Pizza. Work commenced 16th March

 

D. Gable wall Tower Road
Need to identify ownership of same and put action in place to address this unsightly wall

 

E. Gable wall at Sherlock’s solicitors, Main St.,
Need to identify ownership of same and put action in place to address this unsightly wall.

 

F. Mount St. Joseph’s Cemetery
See above

 

G. Derelict Sites
See above

 

H. Derelict Signage
See above

 

I. Old Nangor Road wall
See above

 

J. Clondalkin library
This handsome redbrick and granite building was built in 1912, to a design by TJ Byrne, with the assistance of the Carnegie Trust. In order to preserve Clondalkin Library, which a the roof was replaced during 2012 by SDCC