Updated: 26/09/17 : 06:03:28
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Sligo Tidy Towns take record marks and first Medal

Sligo Tidy Town is celebrating its first Bronze medal at the Tidy Towns awards announced yesterday at  the Helix Theatre in Dublin.

The group also received a record 301 marks, up 16 from last year.

Peter Tiernan, who took over as Chairman a year ago, told Sligo Today that he was delighted with the results, which he says was a tribute to the present team, and their dozens of volunteers.

He said, "The results were built on the work of previous teams, and their chairpersons, such as Jim Lawlor, Des Faul, and Gerry Moore.

Mr Tiernan also said  that some exciting new projects, as well as the completion of projects already in train, should lead to a continual improvement in their awards in the next two or three years.

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Assessment of participating towns is carried out by an independent panel of adjudicators appointed by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and takes place during the months of June, July and August each year, on a date which is not specified. As a result, this assessment is conducted in secret.

Each entrant is assessed under eight criteria with a total of 450 marks available as follows :

Community Involvement & Planning (60 marks)
Built Environment & Streetscape (50 marks)
Landscaping & Open Spaces (50 marks)
Wildlife, Habitats & Natural Amenities (50 marks)
Tidiness & Litter Control (90 marks)
Sustainable Waste & Resource Management (50 marks)
Residential Streets & Housing Areas (50 marks)
Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes (50 marks)