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Marks are awarded for the overall quality of the Entry Form, town/village map and appropriateness of backup
material submitted with your entry. Other key issues are the participation of the local community, businesses,
schools and youth in general; working partnerships with local civic agencies; works carried out and appropriate
projects completed; existence of an achievable updated TidyTowns Plan. Consideration will be given to social
inclusion, whole of community approach, the role of volunteers and new residents that is apparent in activities.
Buildings: Conservation and presentation of heritage buildings and quality of shop-fronts: design, sustainability,
accessibility, usability and suitability of new structures for all people regardless of age, size, ability or disability,
location and environment; treatment of derelict sites and unoccupied buildings; design, accessibility, usability
and suitability of civic amenity buildings for all people regardless of age, size, ability or disability.
Public Spaces: Squares, parks, streetscape, paving, landscaping and street furniture; street lighting, building facade lighting, appropriately designed signage and way-finding relating to streets and place nameplates,
parking locations, historical trails, walkways and access points to local amenities and facilities and the general
use of the Irish language; sustainability and access for all people regardless of age, size, ability or disability.
Please refer to Note 3 in the guide and state if you have entered a Special Award relevant to this category.
Appropriate planning, design, access to and management of open spaces for all people regardless of age, size, ability or disability, selection and siting of native trees, shrubs and flowers for year round effect and maintenance of planted areas. Presentation of roundabouts and all grass strips.
Raising understanding and awareness of the natural amenities in your area, including any aspects that make your area important for conservation (e.g. waterways, field boundaries, coastal features). An appreciation of how species and habitats should be best protected and managed. Provide evidence of good co-operation with expert groups and relevant authorities, especially in carrying out work in sensitive areas. Provision of access to natural areas and interpretation of key aspects.
Describe activities on how you manage waste and promote efficient use of resources (e.g. water, energy,
transport) in your community. Provide evidence of practical steps taken to prevent or reduce waste produced
across your community (e.g. householders, businesses, and schools) or how you reuse your resources.
Provide examples of awareness campaigns, events or activities hosted by the community
(e.g. details of any workshops/demonstrations held since your last entry).
Tidiness: General lack of clutter, blocked footpaths, redundant poles, unsightly overhead electric cables, absence of graffiti and fly-posting, and evidence of control of weed growth at kerbs. Absence of unsightly and or inappropriate advertising, such as that on gables of buildings and mass produced advertising banners
in shop fronts. Please note that although general tidiness is evaluated and marked in this category, tidiness
is also considered under other categories including the Built Environment & Streetscape, Approach Roads,
Streets & Lanes.
Litter: The adjudicator will assess the absence of litter and dumping, evidence of litter control strategy,
including regular litter patrols, segregation of collected litter during clean-ups and promotion of anti-litter
awareness throughout community..
Residential streets that include Town Houses are integral parts of towns and villages and should be treated in
a similar fashion to public and private housing developments. Consideration is given to proper presentation
and maintenance of all properties with due cognisance given to maintenance of frontages, boundary and
gable end walls. Gardens, where applicable, should be presented to a good standard. In housing developments
green areas should be cut regularly. Children’s play areas to be considered with equipment maintained to best
standards. Where possible individual estates should have suitable name signs - stones, plaques, sign posts, etc.
preferably bilingual. Unfinished estates will not reflect badly on the efforts of any community but examples of
how the community is addressing this issue should be highlighted.
Appropriate presentation of approach roads, including the roadside verges and their boundary treatment.
The appearance of town and village streets, connecting roads, laneways, bridges and cycle lanes. Provision for
inclusive access and pedestrian connections.
Please upload a photo of a sketched or printed map of your town / village with street and place names and prominent landmarks. The locations of your new work for this year’s competition should also be marked. Ensure each project is clearly listed in the key.
Please see advice at Note 5 of “How to complete your SuperValu TidyTowns 2017 Entry Form” which can be accessed on the left side of this page.
If you are happy that all the details you have entered on this form are an accurate representation of your town or village's efforts over the last year, please tick the box below and submit your entry for adjudication.