WINNING the overall national title within the next five years, is the stated aim of the newly formed Waterford City Tidy Towns Committee.
Speaking to reporters, Michael Garland said he hoped to use the Harvest Festival (September 6th to 8th) to fully re-launch the city’s Tidy Towns engagement ahead of its application for the 2020 competition.
“The town is looking great, the flowers on display as part of ‘City In Bloom’ look fantastic. We’ve had €20,000 worth of flowers installed or planted around the city and Summer In The City has been a great success,” he said. And during the Harvest Festival we’re going to look at increasing business participation and awareness of Tidy Towns.
€20,000 worth of flowers installed or planted around the city
“At the start of summer, we went out to businesses and asked them to take part in a competition, just down the main thoroughfare of the city, to keep their doorsteps clean and windows tidy and I think we’re going to revisit that with a launch during the Harvest Festival.
“Harvest Festival Director Tommie Ryan has a sustainable policy regarding food and waste in terms of what they can use and aiming for everything to be recyclable. That policy comes directly from Tidy Towns. So the idea of the relaunch is to try and get as many different businesses and organisations involved, so that we can create a better awareness of what’s going on in Waterford in and how important it is that everyone plays their part.”
Mr Garland said the Tidy Towns Committee had already made a welcome impact in its initial few months of work.
great to see so many residents out, getting busy and doing their bit
“I feel we’ve already achieved a huge amount,” he said. “We planted €300 worth of flowers on Spring Garden Alley on July 13th, which was a very enjoyable, we’d a great turnout and it was great to see so many residents out, getting busy and doing their bit.
“We’re committing to a series of pilot initiatives this year which we hope will leave us in a position where we can say to people: this is what can be done in the next few years and we’d love as many of you as possible to play your part.”
Taking the City Centre Management Group, Waterford Tidy Towns and Waterford Chamber into account, Mr Garland said he hoped that enhanced lines of communication could be established regarding what’s been done across the city.