There was a large attendance at the AGM of Sligo Tidy Towns, held last night on Monday 6th November in the Sligo Park Hotel.
Maureen Casey, Treasurer, reported on income and expenditure during the year. While some Projects carried out were expensive, such as replacing the Yeats Mural, and the manufacture of the Historical Plaques, the Accounts remain firmly in the black going into our next year.
Total income for last year was Ä42,059.00. The main funder is now Sligo BID, followed by Sligo Co Council. Donations were also received from Kingsbridge Hospital, Permanent TSB, Hastings Insurance and Tesco. The treasurer said 'We will welcome further corporate donations for some major projects currently at planning stage.'Chairmanís Address
Peter Tiernan Chairman of Sligo Tidy Towns in his address said: As well as our normal Tidy Towns work, our volunteers got involved in community events such as the St Patrickís Day Parade, the Good Friday clean-up and Volunteer Centre activities. These events reflect the wide diversity of nationalities involved in Tidy Towns, including Globe House who give us great support.
As you know I took on this role at the last AGM, and I have received great support from the management team, who in turn are all Project Leaders of a group of volunteers. Those Leaders and volunteers went out week after week and carried out their work, and I would like to sincerely thank them all. Also thanks to Margaret Roche, a CE participant who does our secretarial work, and to Adele Barrett, our volunteer minute taker.
The highlight of our year was our success in the National Supervalue/Tidy Towns competition in the Helix on September 25th. We were awarded our first ever Medal-a Bronze, as well as a record 16 marks, bringing our total marks now to 301. Out of the total of 870 towns in the competition, only about 20% ever reach the 300 mark. So weíre now up there with the big guys. The overall winner this year, Birdhill, received 332 marks.
If we could repeat our 16 marks for the next 2 years, which will be very difficult, it would bring our total marks to 333. Winning a silver medal this coming year is almost a certainty. We were a tantalising 1 mark short of a silver this year, but I donít think the construction of the competition allows for 2 medals at the same time. But winning the overall first place is definitely in sight for Sligo, if we continue to receive our present level of support, which Iíll mention later. I would like to congratulate Coolaney, Riverstown and Ballintogher, for coming first, second and third respectively in County Sligo. Sligo Town was fourth, and Coney Island sixth.
It was good that all of Co Sligo did well this year, when Sligo is European Capital of Volunteering. Our Medals are being presented in Westport on November 17th by Minister Michael Ring.
So what about our future work? Well we will first of all concentrate on improving on the work we are already doing, and finish off some Projects in train, such as Plaques commemorating Buildings and People of Note, and the Yeats Trail up Wine Street, which needs to move faster.
A Tidy Towns group needs to make things happen, and thatís what we intend to do. We have 2 fairly large projects planned, but I canít announce those just yet, because we have not yet got external funding approved for them, but theyíll happen one way or another. If there are any community spirited corporate enterprises with a Sligo presence, and who would like to be associated financially with an iconic highly visible piece of work, we would be very glad to talk to them.
Finally, I would like to thank the many partners who worked with us during the past year. In particular, thanks to Sligo Co Council for their ongoing co-operation. Many of the Projects we submit for Adjudication are actually carried out by the Council. An example is the Finisklin Road which was re-surfaced and had cycle and walking lanes marked out. We photographed that , included it, and our report back referred to it favourably. Thanks to Sligo BID who are now our main funders, Residents Associations for the upkeep of their estates, Chamber Sligo and the business people, Blooming Sligo for the lovely flower plants, the 2 Menís Sheds and several other organisations and groups. Presentation by Sharon Eastwood, Tidy Towns Adjudicator
After the AGM, Sharon Eastwood, of Woodrow Environmental Consultants, and Tidy Towns National Adjudicator, gave a very interesting Presentation on the Adjudication process. She gave many insights on what the Adjudicator looks for and how to maximise the Tidy Towns Submission of Projects to catch the eye of the Adjudicator.
There was a lively question and answer opportunity afterwards, and Sharonís Presentation was much appreciated. All Tidy Town groups from Co Sligo were invited to attend to hear Sharon.