DLR Tidy Districts 2021 – Brennanstown Report

Dear Members and Residents,

The Residents Association entered the Tidy Districts Competition for the first time this year.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Tidy Districts Competition has over twenty-six years of history. While it is primarily an anti-litter competition, it has evolved over the years to also include biodiversity, community engagement and climate action. This environmental awareness programme offers the Council an opportunity to recognise and reward the voluntary efforts of residents’ associations, estate management, tidy district and tidy town groups to enhance their local environment.

The RA Committee had virtual meeting with an environmental consultant several months ago, the consultant also visited Brennanstown unannounced.

We’ve recently received a copy of the Tidy Districts Consultation Report 2021 and wanted to share it with you.


Introduction

Thank you for participating in the Tidy Districts 2021 consultation and thank you for taking the time to discuss your application. After visiting the Brennanstown Residents Association area, it is clear that residents take great pride in their area and that the overall appearance is of a very high standard.

Overall Appearance

The entrance to Brennanstown is very well maintained. The open space has many lovely trees as well as a lovely “slow
to mow” area on the left-hand side, by the river, entering the estate. The properties throughout the estate are very
well maintained with many presenting vibrant flower displays which when combined with all the other aspects mentioned above create a sense of wellbeing community spirit and pride in the estate.

Litter and Graffiti

The resident’s monthly clean-ups as outline in the application are evidently working well, with no litter or graffiti evident on the day of the visit. On the day of
the visit there was no evidence of dog fouling with several signs noted around the area.

In addition, there is a nice waste prevention idea at the end of the main avenue opposite the estate name, an attractive little “Take a book, Leave a book” library. This is a great idea for the residents of Brennanstown and the wider
Cabinteely area. It also wonderful to know that you are assisting other Residents Associations in DLR install “little libraries” of their own.

Landscaping, Planting, and Nature

It is noted on the application that Brennanstown Residents Association partake in a monthly clean up, carrying out gully weeding, flower planting, mulching and maintaining the park areas. The estate name is beautifully maintained and planted with a vibrant variety of plants.

It was visible on the day of the visit that residents in the estate have invested time and effort into planting and providing habitats for biodiversity where possible, with numerous beautifully planted house fronts and balconies. A bird house was noted in one home.

Conclusion

Brennanstown Residents Association deserve to be acknowledged and praised for all the time and effort they have put into their local environs. The hard work and effort invested is visible in the estate’s excellent and characterful appearance. Well done to all involved!

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Brennanstown Residents Association have been awarded a prize of €350 by DLR County Council to help maintain momentum in our environmental work.

The Residents Association committee would like to thank all of the residents that support the RA throughout the year.

Thank you to each and every volunteer that takes part in the monthly clean up, your time and effort is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to the all of the households that have paid the annual subscription, this funding is vital to the success of the residents association, it helps us purchase plants, flowers and gardening equipment.

We would also like to thank the staff at Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council parks dept, Cabinteely Tidy Towns and W39 for their help and support.

Kind regards,

Residents Association Committee

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