Rosslare Strand is again Wexford's leading light
ROSSLARE Strand was the leading light in the Wexford district in the Tidy Towns competition this year with 273 marks.
The village is in category C, which though classed as 'small towns' in Tidy Towns terms in effect contains some of the area's bigger villages.
The report noted that the benefits of having many holidaymakers can also bring its own challenges, but the committee has organised itself in a business-like way to meet those challenges.
Castlebridge has improved its score by two marks to 234 this year, with the biggest gain coming in Landscaping.
The Tidy Towns commended the 'new and enthusiastic' committee, saying they appear to be organised and focused. The committee were advised to negotiate with owners of 'ugly buildings' in the village centre 'until they are conserved and find a new use'.
Taghmon was a new entry into the competition in the category this year, after an absence of seven years, securing a healthy 214 points.
' The applicants are an enthusiastic group of people who are justifiably proud of their place, and want to ensure that Taghmon prospers into the future,' said the report.
In Category B, for smaller villages, Rosslare Harbour and Kilrane, who previously entered as one entity, have split this year. ' This is a probably a good idea as you both have your own separate sense of place and no doubt will continue to help one another,' said the respective reports.
Rosslare Harbour gained a whopping 21 points from last year's combined score of 215 to 236 this year, with impressive gains across the board, while it was a similar story in Kilrane, which scored 235 marks.
The best in category B in the Wexford area was once again Blackwater, with a very impressive 269, up a full 18 marks on 2009.
'Blackwater is a truly lovely village and is held in competent capable stewardship by the people who live there,' the report stated.
Coming back to the competition after 13 years was Carrig-on-Bannow and the village secured a more than respectable 226 marks.
' The village has enormous potential given its lovely elevated location over the south coast and with its lovely sea views,' the report stated, also praising the enthusiasm of the new committee.
Oylegate showed many improvements this year, jumping from 211 marks to 223.
The Tidy Towns encouraged the very small committee in Oylegate to ' consider the eventual provision of a dedicated pull-in parking area in the village designated for visitors, so that they can stop awhile and appreciate the qualities of your village'.
Ballymurn held firm, securing 255 marks, the same as last year for ' a quite village with a lot of new residents'.
' Its character has changed somewhat because of this, but the village atmosphere has been retained and the new estates fit in well in their surrounds,' the report stated.