Newcastle Up 12 Points
There was a gigantic leap in Tidy Towns Competition with total 287 points (275 last year, 250 points in 2010). This is a huge achievement considering small number of volunteers who turn out. We were particularly praised for community involvement and planning (+3), being rewarded for the door-to-door enquiries made with a large number of householders. This was seen by the Adjudicator as a great way of connecting with our community.
In the built environment and streetscape section we got an extra 2 points with regard to wildlife and natural amenities. All praise to the planters and weeders and waterers. But, the biggest improvement was in sustainable waste and resource management where we did so poorly last year. This year we gained an extra 5 points. Tidiness and litter control increased by 1 point with great praise for the way the village is looking. The Adjudicator remarked on the loveliness of the Station House, while noting quite a lot of burnt grass around the Oratory and advocated a more environmentally friendly method of weed control. She also commented that Newcastle is a village that can progress much further with the "continued efforts of the core team supported by the wider community."
Read the 2016 report here, or for a bit of nostalgia and to see how far we have come, here you can read the 1996 report.
When you have done that, and if you're one of those people who want a paper bag over your head as you drive past us on a Saturday morning, now is your opportunity to drive by with your head held high, Get involved.
And, if f you are one of those people who responded to the survey by saying that our meeting times didn't suit you, we have loads of other opportunities for people to get involved in whatever way you can. But because the writer of the survey is not too bright, we have to remind you now that the survey was annonymous, and so, if you didn't put your name somewhere on it we can only guess who you might be. And all we know is you work in Dublin, are aged 40-49, like to swim in the dark, and want more lights in Newcastle.
We need loads of people, with loads of skills. You don't have to be a Weed Puller or a Strutt and Plucker. We need people are willing to share their skills – whether they be farmers, book keepers, beekeepers, typists, tilers, tradesman and trades women, architects, computer technicians, proof readers, application form writers and schoolchildren. We need you all.
Our small group at Newcastle Residents' Association see a real need to plan for the future. We want to look at what is distinctive and unique about Newcastle to ensure that we get to cherish these elements.
We want to draw up a Development Plan that will involve everybody. We want to put into place guidelines to help us move forward making Newcastle an even better place to live.
If this sounds like you, we have our AGM meeting this Monday night. The meeting will start at 730pm and it involves the Community Centre AGM. Following that at 8 PM Is the Residents Association meeting. We need people to step forward for both endeavours If you hate meetings still want to be involved – for example but you try your hand at writing a bit of one of these newsletters? Then email us here.
If you can't do that please fill in the survey that has gone around to each and every household and figure out some way you can contribute. One enlightened individual offered to donate money instead of time, skill or physical effort as they were in short supply for him (or her). You see, we don't know, because I never asked people to include your name. We need help. Missing the obvious, is a problem. And if you would like a shot at getting every member of your household to do the survey, you can save paper and use the slightly different online version here.