Tidy Towns Competition 2007
Centre: Newbridge Ref: 369
County: Kildare Mark: 268
Category: G Date(s): 16/06/2007
Mark Awarded 2007
Overall Development Approach 50 44
The Built Environment 50 35
Landscaping 50 37
Wildlife and Natural Amenities 50 30
Litter Control 50 25
Waste Minimisation 20 14
Tidiness 30 15
Residential Areas 40 28
Roads, Streets and Back Areas 50 33
General Impression 10 7
TOTAL MARK 400 268
Overall Development Approach:
Newbridge is welcome to the 2007 National Tidy Towns Competition. Thank you for your submission, which
includes a comprehensive plan of action for the Tidy Towns Committee, we wish you well in its
implementation. Well done on your partnership approach with your local authority and on the interaction with
both business interests and schools in the town. Thank you for your suggestions that all Tidy Towns groups
adopt a Safety Statement, you will be pleased to note that the Tidy Towns Handbook is being updated.
The Built Environment:
Well done on your liaison with developers in an effort to upgrade the landscaping element of their properties.
Your work on the issue of undeveloped and derelict sites to bring about improvements in these is noted as are
your submissions to the planning authority regarding various building developments and the Draft Area Action
Plan for the town centre. It is good to note your involvement on future developments for the town centre and
your proactive approach in monitoring planning applications. The White Water Shopping Centre is a fine
example of 21st century architecture of which no doubt the community is proud together with its civic space
and has been considered for the Architectural Award and the Sustainable Development Award. The Liffey
Bridge was seen for the first time by this adjudicator this year and was greatly admired. It is good to note that
Penny’s have received permission to demolish and rebuild their store as both this and the post office premises
look quite dated. Encourage retailers to give some thought to the positioning of posters in windows and doors
as their thoughtless positioning can ruin an otherwise good presentation. Retailers might also be encouraged
to feature internal lighting at night together with open lattice security shutters if shutters are thought to be
necessary as this brings life to the street when businesses are closed and enhances the streetscape. More
could be achieved for the presentation of the Tougher petrol station and the Ballymany Shopping Centre.
The Credit Union premises has also been considered for the Architectural Award.
The northern entrance into Newbridge is magnificently presented with its neatly trimmed grass verges backed
by mature well-maintained hedgerow, which in turn is backed by stands of mature trees. The southern
entrance is less well presented and on adjudication day looked a little overgrown. Try to achieve a similar
standard for grass banks along this entrance as has been achieved at the Ballymany Manor Estate, as the
entrance here is quite stunning. Landscaping to the roadside of the Railway Station looks well, it is now time
to landscape its car park and general curtilage area. The flowerbed at the Garda Station is beautiful. Well
done on your Newbridge in Bloom initiative. Your 95 planted containers on the streets of the town were
admired and a word of thanks to the sponsors who facilitated this initiative.
Wildlife and Natural Amenities:
Your Riverside Park is exceptional in terms of design and maintenance and was being thoroughly enjoyed at
the time of adjudication, it has been considered for the Waterside Award. Well done on steps taken in the
Liffeyside Amenity Area to enhance wildlife and support a diversity of wildlife habitats. We note the provision
of bird boxes, wildflower/grass meadow. Your path replacement and new seating installation together with the
new security fencing is acknowledged. We wish you well with projects planned under this heading particularly
the proposed urban forest. Do keep us up to date on this development. We are also interested in the
proposed habitat survey of the town and its environment.
Litter control was excellent on the day of adjudication, which given the amount of shoppers and how busy the
town was is quite an achievement. Well done on your list of suggested sites for the installation of new litter
bins and on your education programme to promote anti litter awareness. Your Litter Abatement Plan sounds
interesting. Well done also on your participation in National Spring Clean. We wish you every success in
acquiring a fulltime litter warden for Newbridge and in your proposed activities for the future. It was good to
note the litter free status of the town park. Appreciation is extended to the school authorities and the students
for their proactive approach in relation to litter.
Your request to have a Civic Amenity Site located in the town area is noted. Your promotion of recycling,
waste minimisation and energy conservation on your web site is acknowledged also, as is your Small Change
Programme. Hopefully the Chamber’s Corporate and Social Responsibility project will bring about good
practice. We wish you success in your projects planned under this heading. Your recycling banks were
neatly presented during adjudication. Well done to those schools who are participating in the Green Flag
Schools programme and congratulations to the five primary schools who have achieved Green Flag status. It
is good to note that your segregate litter after cleanups for recycling. Everyone involved in waste minimisation
is to be commended.
Your efforts to have unsympathetic advertising signage removed is commendable and we note your activities
regarding graffiti particularly in the park area. Your lobbying for an enhanced traffic management plan to be
implemented in the town centre is appropriate. Well done also on the upgrading of street name signage. We
look forward to the fruits of your work regarding the path at St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland. It will take many
years for the overhead wire scape to be ducted but this is a difficulty you have in common with many other
communities. A number of sites need better enclosure to their roadside boundary.
As noted above, landscaping which marks the entrance to Ballymany Manor is impressive. The older town
centre dwellings are full of character and are part of Newbridge’s heritage, most are well presented.
Beautifully maintained green areas to roadside boundary walls on the road to the railway station were
admired. We note from your submission that there are 8,000 new homes in Newbridge, which is a lot for a
relatively small town to assimilate over a short period of time, no doubt your regular contact with residents
associations is effective in assimilating new residents into the Tidy Towns effort. Your Tree Purchase Scheme
is an excellent idea and it is good to note that it is used to purchase mature native species for planting within
Roads, Streets and Back Areas:
Reference has already been made to your new bridge, which is a magnificent achievement, and enhances the
townscape. Also noted above was the excellent presentation of the northern approach road in terms of
landscaping and the suggestion for improvements to the southern entrance. The railway station is well
surfaced and neatly presented. Road signs might be provided. Well done on improvement works to roads
and footpaths over the winter months 2005 to 2006 and again in 2007 and it is appreciated that the council
redirects the proceeds of pay parking to improvement works around the town. On adjudication day, some
stretches of kerb along the main street were broken. Of the side streets, Charlotte Street was the best
presented in terms of being litter free, well surfaced and uncluttered; the greenery on buildings is a nice
feature. In contrast, Robert Street looked quite scruffy whilst Limerick Lane and Henry Street were reasonably
well presented. Street furniture including street lighting looked well in general. Well done on cycle lanes also.
There is a great vitality in the town of Newbridge and this coupled with the new developments such as the
bridge and the White Water Centre makes Newbridge a town to enjoy under all circumstances.