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29 May 2013

Portumna Tidy Towns
Portumna Tidy Towns would appreciate all the help locals can do to support their efforts to keep Portumna litter free. Please contact Mike Goode or Ann Rabbitte if you need any more information. Portumna Tidy Towns are looking forward to the appointment of three new Tus people to the Tidy Towns workforce over the coming days. The Committee wishes to thank local County Council Engineer Mr Cyril Mitchell for providing funds to purchase two new mowers for cutting the grass in and around the public areas by the tidy towns committee. David Harris, Garden Machinery, Gortanumera, kindly supplied the mowers to them at cost; David had maintained the old machines free of charge up to this.

11 September 2012

Adjudication Report 2012
The Portumna Tidy Towns adjudication report for 2012 can be viewed by clicking here: Adjudication Report 2012

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Portumna Tidy Towns Information

Local Organisation

A new Portumna Tidy Towns committee was formed during the summer of 2008. Membership includes: Mike Goode, Ann Rabbitt, Marie Gunning, Paddy Callan, Marcella Murray, Ita Hynes, Conor O’Meara, Orla Walshe.

The single binding objective of all is to enhance the physical beauty of the town for the benefit of both local residents and the many tourists who visit.

Strategic Plan

Portumna Tidy Towns are now developing their three year strategic plan to ensure that Portumna continues to look its best and to increase our score in the Tidy Towns competition. This will include plans for:
  • Litter Management
  • Identification of, and plans for, specific enhancement projects, including wildlife habitats
  • Planting schemes
  • Required finances
  • Necessary volunteer support structure

Immediate Projects

A number of projects were identified as requiring immediate attention, including litter management and a clean up of a number of high visibility areas in the town:
  • The area outside the Catholic Church boundary walls
  • Portumna Playground & The Yew Walk, Adams’ Gates, Portumna Castle
  • The Abbey Street entrance to Portumna Castle and Marina
  • Flower Beds beside Portumna Courthouse
  • Other projects as funding will allow for
The main focus of work to date has been on enhancing these areas, which included removing litter, overgrown plants and trees and re-planting using a planned colour scheme. These projects were identified and chosen because of the high visibility and also because of the opportunity to raise the profile of Portumna Tidy Towns locally.

Public Awareness

Raising public awareness in Tidy Towns in general, and the work of our Tidy towns Committee in particular, is a key objective of the group. We place notices in the local papers each week as well as in the local Parish Newsletter to inform locals of the work being undertaken and as a recruiting mechanism.

We also raise public awareness by our physical presence on litter picking and transformation projects around the town.

Involvement Campaign

Portumna Tidy Towns has sought and received the co-operation of the local Scout Group, 10th Galway (Lough Derg). Each of the three sections within the group, Beavers (6-8yrs) Cubs (8-10yrs.) & Scouts (11-15yrs) have undertaken individual planting projects around the town. The Portumna Active Retirement Group is also ‘coming on board’ to support a number of specific projects.

Our strategic plan focuses heavily on involving the entire community. Raising awareness in schools will be a key objective for 2008 and 2009. Street or Estate Leaders will also be identified and supported to lead on litter management and projects within their areas.

Key Public Services Stakeholders

Portumna Tidy Towns has identified the key public service stakeholders, including the Galway County Council officials, local Co. Councilors and FAS and have now met with these groups to outline our plans as well as to agree with them how they can help us in achieving our goals.

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Adjudication Report 2011
Adjudication Report 2010
Adjudication Report 2009
Adjudication Report 2008

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