Tidy Towns thank the 60 residents, business owners,Councillors and candidates who attended the meeting (and to sincerely apologise to any who came to the previous cancelled date).
Susan Fanning, TT Chair, gave an overview of the regular activities of the group, highlighting the Committee’s year round hard work, the great turnout for the Spring Clean in April and looking for volunteers, especially Mondays at 10am and Thursdays at 7pm (meet at St Anne’s Church) for special group projects to help get Shankill in ‘judging condition’ before June. The Litter Group, Graffiti and Gardening Groups are also looking for volunteers to commit to an hour or so a week.
Diarmuid McAree reported on the Trees for All project (which won us a Biodiversity award last year); we have now planted approximately 8,300 trees towards our goal of 14,382. This needs help from someone to input to the database.
Simone Janssens gave an overview of all the TT projects currently underway or in planning stages, including the welcome news that the new shopping centre is scheduled to be open by Christmas 2014 and was able to show the plans for the Development. The meeting provided a great platform for feedback, and a couple of planned projects may be revised as a result. Some items led to discussions outside the remit of Tidy Towns, and Councillors Denis O’Callaghan and Carrie Smyth were able to provide insight into the Council’s plans and decision process in the area of the DART Station, parking in residential areas and the difficulty in providing more bins, especially special dog dirt bins. Keep talking to your Councillors about these issues so they can keep them on the Council’s agenda.
The Shankill Business Group were well represented and committed to supporting Tidy Towns plans for projects in the village main street; it was good to hear the café will shortly reopen and the Group will explore the suggestion of a shop-in-Shankill initiative to promote using local businesses. It is hoped that more businesses in Shankill will join in.
The committee appreciate everyone is busy and has their own agenda, but it would be great if the work could be shared so that more people give just a little time and effort to making Shankill look good year round.
For more information, to notify of a tree planting, see photos, or to hear about events, see the shankillmatters.com website, or contact us at shankillmatters@gmail. com.
Shankill Tidy Towns – be in it to win it!