The Tidy Towns Judges Are Coming…Is Tralee Looking Its Best For Them?

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Flowers in the town centre last year to impress the Entente Florale judges.

TRALEE could win the 2015 Supervalu Tidy Towns Competition but it’s up to the people of Tralee to play their part, according to the Chairman of Towards a Better Tralee, Cllr Sam Locke.

The judges will visit Tralee next week to scrutinise a number of areas in the town and everyone is being encouraged to make sure their estates and streets are looking their best ahead of their arrival.

Tralee’s most comprehensive Tidy Towns Competition Entry ever – a 144-page document – was submitted to the Judges last month outlining 72 separate projects under eight headings that were undertaken in Tralee since 2014.

The Chairman of Towards a Better Tralee, Cllr Sam Locke, said: “Tralee was only 17 points behind last year’s winning town, Kilkenny, so we are aiming to bridge that gap and put ourselves in the shake-up to win the overall competition. The volunteers like Team Brambles, Tidy Tralee Together, The Inspired Group and Towards a Better Tralee Community Employment Schemes along with Kerry County Council Tralee Municipal District workers are out there every day maintaining all the green and public areas and collecting litter on the approach roads. They are also planting thousands of flowers in the public spaces to ensure that Tralee has never looked better. But that won’t be enough. The general public need to up their game before the Tidy Towns Judges arrive in Tralee next week. It was community spirit that led to us winning the International Entente Florale last year.”

There were many highlights in Tralee over the past 12 months including the retention of the Tidy Towns Gold Medal, double Gold in Entente Florale, Austin Stacks’ success on the football pitch and the massive homecoming for the All-Ireland winning Kerry team.

The Towards a Better Tralee Group have a checklist that may helpful when preparing for the arrival of the Judges:

• Remove weeds/residue dust/debris/litter from your own entrance

• Remove/replace excess/redundant signage/damaged signage

• Replace, wash/paint/store away/empty bins

• Sweep/wash/scrub down the footpaths outside your entrance

• Clean/paint the entrance walls, railings and fences

• Trim/prune/replace any hedges, trees and shrubs

• Mow, weed or feed your lawn

Cllr Sam Locke paid tribute to the previous Towards a Better Tralee Committee, in particular its Chairman Johnnie Wall who steered both the committee and the town to its current Gold Medal status.

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