Cork Chamber Press Release: The need for skilled Construction Workers is on the rise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final Cork Chamber Economic Trends Survey of 2017 reflects the business experiences of Cork Chamber members over the course of October, November and December. The survey gathered information on the financial performance and business experiences of Cork Chamber member organisations, recruitment experiences, and also member opinions on what a City needs to make it attractive for family living.

Cork Chamber CEO, Conor Healy noted, “It is particularly encouraging to see the continued high level of business confidence amongst the Cork business community reported at 95% over Q4 2017, and consistent with that surveyed throughout the past number of years. We are experiencing robust growth across Cork, with exciting new construction projects underway and in planning, and with strong year on year jobs announcements across the region. All in all, this is a very positive time for Cork.”

Mr. Healy added, “Alongside this we note an increase in overall confidence levels in the Irish economy compared to 3 months ago, now at 48%, an increase of 9% on the Q3 survey results. Again an encouraging response and a vast improvement on the 25% reported for the same quarter in 2016. There is no place for complacency and however encouraging, there are challenges. Business members reported Cost Competitiveness as the number one threat to business growth over the next 12 months, followed by the availability of housing and rental accommodation, skills, and Brexit. Cork Chamber is committed to continuing our work in addressing these concerns, to enhancing the Cork offering and resilience in the face of global economic uncertainties such as Brexit, and in responding to the housing, skills, and competitiveness challenges”.

Within the Q4 2017 Economic Trends survey as with its predecessors, Cork Chamber also asked about recruitment experiences. The Cork business community reports a number of skills for which there is a continuing and growing demand, these are namely Engineers across a range of disciplines, IT professionals and with the re-emergence of Quantity Surveyors and Construction Workers. In commenting, Mr. Healy added, “There is a national shortage for skilled trade’s people and Cork is no different. The growth across Cork is a positive story and has positive implications across a range of issues, economic and social in offering employment opportunities to those that moved abroad to return to a Cork that is growing.”

When asked about the priorities for growing a City environment for ‘family living’, the number one response by far related to diversity of housing, the quality, affordability, the need for new builds, and the need for refurbishment of vacant buildings. The second priority was for an enhanced Cork transport network and infrastructure, followed by the development of amenities. In concluding, Mr. Healy added, “Cork Chamber is committed to working with stakeholders to developing a City region that continues to grow sustainably, and to meet the needs of current and future business and residents. Housing availability, the development of a transport network and public transport offering, and the promotion of Cork to ensure a thriving and vibrant City region will continue as key priorities into 2018 and a resolute theme across the work of the Chamber.”

Respondents to this survey are reflective of a diverse range of responding businesses and are representative of a broad range of sectors, inclusive of Services (including Financial) at 43%; Industry and Manufacturing at 17%; Science and Technology at 8%; Tourism, Travel, Culture and Arts at 8%; Construction at 12%; Agriculture and Fishing at 2%; Transport at 5%; and Multi-sectoral at 5%.

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  • For further information please contact:Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber, 087 9471858, Michelle O’Sullivan, Policy and Research Executive, Cork Chamber,michelle@corkchamber.ie; 021 4530132/ 087 1404014
  • To read the full publication: Cork Chamber Economic Bulletin http://www.corkchamber.ie/UserFiles/file/Eco%20B%201%202018.pdf
  • Cork Chamber is the leading business organisation in Cork supporting and representing the interests of close to 1,200 businesses employing over 100,000 people in the region.

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Charleville Tidy Towns Update 14/12/17

L to R: Timmy Griffin, Flotek, Sponsor; Garda Nick Phelan, Sergeant Mark Daly, John McMahon & Cllr Ian Doyle,Charleville Tidy Towns

8K FUN RUN/5K WALK ON ST.STEPHEN’S DAY

On St. Stephen’s Day a 5k family walk and an 8K fun run has again been organised by Charleville Lions Club for the benefit of Charleville Tidy Towns.  This has become an annual event and has proved to be most enjoyable, giving people a chance to get out and get exercise and fresh air after the festivities of Christmas Day.  It is an ideal opportunity to catch up with family and friends and spend some time together, and this is especially so for many of our young people working and living away from Charleville.

This year walkers and runners can register and collect their numbers at the Scout Hall in the car park behind the library from 10.15am for an 11am start. The family walk will go from the Scout Hall down the Railway Road while the runners will complete an 8K route mapped out by North Cork A.C. with the finish line at the bridge by the Pitch &Putt.  Mulled wine, tea/coffee and mince pies will be provided by members of Charleville Lions Club in the Scout Hall after the walk/run.  A draw for hampers based on your walk/run number will take place in the Scout Hall also.

SOCCER TOURNAMENT

We are very grateful to Garda Nick Phelan and all the gardai in Charleville for nominating Charleville Tidy Towns as the beneficiary of a very successful soccer tournament run by them on November 4th. We thank all participating teams for making this tournament a success and congratulate the winners.

A YEAR OF PROGRESS

2017 has been a very busy year for Charleville Tidy Towns.  Many significant projects were undertaken and completed. The major ones included the fountain, the derelict house on Smith’s Lane, information boards in the park as well as maintenance of the Garden of Remembrance and flower tubs on Main Street. At the moment we are working on the approach road from Cork and significant planting has been done here.

We are grateful to all the schools, individuals, groups and organisations who helped us this year.

We appeal to the people of Charleville to come out in force to support our walk/run so we can continue to take on new projects in 2018 and make Charleville an even more attractive place in which to live and work

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CHARLEVILLE TIDY TOWNS – A YEAR OF PROGRESS

REVIEW 2016/2017

THE FOUNTAIN

Charleville Tidy Towns has undertaken a number of major projects this year.  Chief among these is redesigning and getting the fountain back in working order again. The fountain wasn’t in operation for some time. Water was leaking out but, as it wasn’t coming onto the street, it proved impossible to ascertain where it was going or how to remedy the problem.

It was decided to redesign the fountain so that the two major industries in Charleville, dairying and stainless steel manufacture, would be represented. To overcome the problem of leakage/seepage a large stainless steel container was designed to hold the water. A pump circulates the water through a tipped milk churn into the container which evokes the era of the old creamery days when milk was tipped from the churns into the weighing scales. To reinforce this theme, a creamery cart, complete with four milk churns was added. The border all around was planted with flowers for added interest and colour.

This project was made possible by the support of Kerry Group, Cork County Council, BCD Engineering, Plate-Tek Engineering, Senator Engineering, Dairy & Engineering Services, John Frawley Electrical, Maurice Carroll, Haulier, Charleville Fire Brigade and the Gardai. The planting was done by lady members of Charleville Tidy Towns.

INFORMATION BOARDS

Charleville is fortunate to have a beautiful town park which is used for sporting activities as well as runners and walkers. There is a variety of beautiful mature trees in the park and a wildlife area where native trees have been planted.

Charlville Tidy Towns wanted to enhance the enjoyment of all who use the park by providing some information about the trees and birds which can be found here. We want to have young people engage with their environment and become involved in some of our projects. Last year pupils from St Anne’s primary School brought in material for a bug hotel. They did some art work in the form of painting on blocks of wood inspired by their involvement in the bug hotel. Photocopies of this work can be found on one of the notice boards erected this year in the park.

We invited pupils from St Mary’s Secondary School to paint the most commonly found birds in the area.  Their beautiful hand-painted birds are displayed on a notice board and we are delighted to be highlighting the work of these talented local artists.

We photographed many of the mature trees in the park. These photographs are displayed on the notice board accompanied by the names of the trees and pictures of their leaves, barks and fruit. This should be helpful in identifying the various trees to be seen on a walk around the park.

THE PLAZA

The planted bed at the Plaza, directly in front of the library was unsightly.  Many of the shrubs had suffered severe damage and others were overgrown and unsuitable for this location. Tidy towns volunteers, along with Tus workers undertook the heavy work of clearing the damaged shrubs/trees.

The soil was then levelled and raked by volunteers and Tus workers and got ready for planting. Again the ladies selected suitable shrubs, weed block was put in place and the shrubs planted.  A layer of clean stones completed this project. We were helped to spread the stones by some scouts from the local troup who volunteered their services that evening. We thank them and their leaders for their help in helping us to weed the car park that evening also.

WATER HARVESTING

One of the problems associated with hanging baskets and floral displays around the town is the amount of water needed to sustain them during dry periods in the summer. Conscious of conserving water, we sought the permission of Cork County Council to put in place a tank to harvest the water running off the roof of the library. This was granted and we are indebted to Tus for putting the tank in place and BCD and Plate-Tek for doing all the necessary piping to make this viable.

RAINBOW HOUSE

The derelict house on Smith’s Lane which once showed paintings of Mrs. Doyle and Fr. Jack on its windows had suffered severe weather damage and become an eyesore..We sought the help of the art students and teacher in St. Mary’s Secondary School and challenged them to come up with a design for the outside wall. The art teacher got the three first year classes to work on this. Charleville Tidy Towns was presented with three sketches, from which one was chosen. The teacher then worked with senior students to refine this as it wasn’t practical for a busy street. The painter and art teacher then worked together to bring this design to life. The finished product is a credit to them and the talented students of St Mary’s and we are delighted to showcase local talent.

CORK COUNTY COUNCIL ANTI-LITTER CHALLENGE

We took part again this year in the Anti-Litter Challenge run by Cork County Council. This competition aims to raise awareness of the problem of litter on our streets which , unfortunately, is a major  problem. The huge number of cigarette butts carelessly discarded on the streets, despite the number of bins available, reflects very badly on our town. We are hugely indebted to Mr. John Moloney and his staff on Cork County Council for the tremendous work they do in maintaining our streets as clean as possible. We will not see an improvement on our streets until we all realise that it is the responsibility of every single person to dispose responsibly of their own litter.

This year we enlisted the help of our schools and we thank them for their enthusiastic participation. St. Anne’s Primary School and CBS Primary School looked after the streets outside their premises for the entire duration of the competition,  while transition year students from St. Mary’s Secondary School and CBS Secondary looked after Main St during the first judging period . As they were then on holidays Tidy Towns volunteers did a litterpick every week day morning for the two remaining judging periods.

INVOLVEMENT OF LOCAL SCHOOLS

There is a huge amount of talent and goodwill in our young people and we do them a disservice if we don’t ask them to use their talents for the good of their community. We are very fortunate that all the local schools we approached this year were so willing to help. Two primary and two secondary schools took part in the Anti-Litter Challenge and were of tremendous help to us. There is benefit also in raising awareness of the litter problem among young people.

The beautiful, eye-catching facade of the “rainbow house” on Smith’s Lane is a credit to the art teacher and students of St. Mary’s.

The hand-painted birds on the notice board in the park is the work of transition year students in St. Mary’s and the lovely paintings inspired by the bug hotel which they helped set up last year is the work of students of At. Annes.

The display of bluebells in May under the trees behind the graveyard  was the work of students of CBS Primary School and their teachers. Wildflower seeds were harvested in Autumn and scattered in Spring at Canon Burke Place by pupils of St. Mary’s

We thank all school staff and pupils who helped us in any way.

ONGOING WORK FROM SPRING TO AUTUMN

Generally the group meets on Monday evenings at 7pm to tackle whatever work needs doing. This varies from planting flowers to clearing weeds, cutting overgrown hedges, litter picking, painting and generally keeping the town looking clean and tidy. We thank all who help us in this, especially Cork County Council with whom we work closely and who have given us great support. We thank all the traders who brighten the streetscape by painting their premises and putting out lovely floral displays.

PLEASE SUPPORT US SO WE CAN CONTINUE TAKING ON NEW PROJECTS

THANK YOU

 

 

 

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M 20 Motorway – Journey Time Benefits

 

As the M20 scheme represents a major motorway upgrade to an existing national primary road, the potential journey time benefits for road users are expected to be significant.The analysis undertaken as part of the 2011 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the M20 scheme estimated that completion of the scheme would result in a reduction in journey time of approximately 16 minutes, compared to existing travel times on the N20.  This is equivalent to a 26% reduction in journey time.

Indecon has extended the 2011 analysis by applying the estimated percentage changes in journey times to current (2017) traffic volumes on the N20.  This would indicate potentially significant time savings from completion of the M20 in the case of a number of selected typical journeys (see table below).

In particular,  the estimated end-to-end  (Blarney to Patrickswell) journey reduction to from 63 minutes to 47 minutes will offer a substantial improvement to the connectivity of the Cork and Limerick urban centres, as well as providing shorter travel times for the surrounding hinterlands. As travel volumes on the existing N20 continue to expand with the economic recovery, the potential impact of completion of the M20 in reducing journey times would also increase.

 

Origin Destination Estimated Journey Time

(mins) – Existing N20

Estimated Journey Time

(mins) – with M20

Completed

Estimated Time

Savings (mins)

Limerick City Cork City 96 80 -16
Patrickswell Blarney 63 47 -16
Croom Limerick City 25 23 -2
Croom Cork City 74 59 -15
Charleville Limerick City 38 33 -5
Charleville Cork City 56 45 -11
Buttevant Limerick City 51 42 -9
Buttevant Cork City 44 36 -8
Mallow Limerick City 62 51 -11
Mallow Cork City 33 28 -5

 

The existing N20 corridor, due to its connectivity with major regional industrial areas and accessibility to strategic ports and airports, represents an economic corridor of strategic national importance. The M20 catchment contains a diverse economy that will benefit  from the improved transport connectivity that would be provided through completion of the motorway. In particular, the presence of large multinationals and indigenous businesses and primary producers which utilise the N20 as a supply route for production inputs as well as transporting finished product on to domestic and export markets, underscores the implications of the existing deficiencies. In its current form, the existing N20 route is considered to be not fit-for-purpose, particularly given the high level of commercial activity taking place between Ireland’s second- and third-largest cities, and given the presence of key sectors including engineering, pharma, ICT, logistics and agri-food producers in the region. Further, providing greater levels of urban clustering and knowledge-spill overs, that a motorway investment would offer, is considered by TII to offer nontrivial potential productivity gains.2

The estimated journey time reductions that would arise through completion of the M20 represent important productivity benefits for businesses and commuters, as well as general road users.  By reducing the cost of transportation, there will be a direct logistics-related productivity and competitiveness benefit for businesses which are transporting inputs and moving finished product to domestic and export markets.  In addition, by reducing commuting times for employees, the M20 would expand the supply of skilled labour which is accessible to firms in the region (this aspect is examined in detail in Section 5 of this report). It should be noted that survey research conducted by RED C Research found that over one-third (35%) of the surveyed firms’ employees utilise the N20 to commute daily to their place of work.

By addressing the existing weaknesses, the benefits of completion of the M20 in terms of productivity and reduced costs for businesses and employees would combine to enhance the competitiveness of the Mid-West and South-West Regions, improving their attractiveness for FDI and indigenous investment, and boosting potential economic growth and employment creation

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M 20 MOTORWAY – JOB GROWTH POTENTIAL

The transport/accessibility benefits from the completion of the M20 provide a further incentive to foreign and domestic investors in relation to facilitating the development of industrial sites along the catchment area of the scheme. The M20 would play an important role in this context through improving accessibility and marketability of industrial sites and land banks in the scheme corridor to investors.  The region boasts a wide sectoral eco-system including employment in the biopharma, engineering, ICT, life-sciences, energy, tourism, professional/financial services and agri-food sectors. The development of the M20 would improve labour market access to employers in these sectors as well as incentivise future investment in the region.

In this context, it should be noted that the World Economic Forum recently ranked Ireland’s road infrastructure in 32nd place, behind major FDI rivals in Europe. Addressing the deficiencies in relation to the existing N20 would therefore play a role in improving the competitiveness and attractiveness for foreign investment of regions outside Dublin. The wider region has a strong track record in attracting FDI, for example the South-West Region accounted for 29% of the total net FDI jobs gained over the period examined. Nevertheless, various industry stakeholders attending the regional workshop undertaken as part of this assessment considered the current road to not be fit for purpose, and expressed concerns over the negative connotations a prospective investor may infer from the lack of public investment in critical areas such as the transport network between Ireland’s second and third largest urban centres.

As an illustration of the potential role which completion of the M20 could play in acting as a catalyst for investment and employment creation, Indecon has identified six potential land bank/development sites along the catchment area of the scheme, which are currently at various stages of development/utilisation. The future economic impacts, in terms of potential employment creation that could be supported by these sites, are subject to uncertainty.  If investments were to emerge which utilise the sites, actual job creation potential would be dependent on the nature of the activity and the scale of the investment involved.  Indecon has developed indicative estimates of potential employment generation that could be supported on the six industrial sites, based on alternative scenarios for employment density and the proportion of lands developed

These indicative estimates suggest a potential economy-wide employment impact over time of 8,251 direct and indirect jobs.

Indecon has indicatively estimated that the additional direct employment would support direct annual employment incomes amounting to up to €382 million per annum in gross terms if displacement impacts are excluded. The gross incomes from additional direct jobs supported could in turn provide a gross exchequer impact of up to €128 million per annum, depending on the nature of investment attracted.

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Benefits of the M 20 Motorway

 

KEY BENEFITS OF THE M 20 CORK TO LIMERICK MOTORWAY

>        The current N20 is under significant capacity constraints due to the recent growth in traffic volumes. Several locations on the current N20 have seen traffic levels at over 120% of capacity in 2017.

>        Development of the M20 would provide a Blarney to Patrickswell journey time of approximately 47 minutes.

>        The M20 scheme would prevent approximately 118 accidents per annum, which could result in an annual monetary saving of €12.4 million.

>        These transport benefits would also underpin the competitiveness of the South-West and Mid-West Regions, through enhancing internal and external connectivity, and improving productivity.

>The M20 would facilitate the development of a Cork-Limerick ‘twin-city’ region, which would provide a complement to Dublin in the context of the National Planning Framework, and the wider Mid-West and South- West Regions (including Kerry) and the Atlantic Corridor.

>The M20 scheme would provide enhanced labour market connectivity for the 273,000 people in the wider catchment’s labour force. The motorway would increase the labour force within a 45-minute commute of major employment centres by an estimated 23% to 243,000 people.

>The M20’s role in enhancing the environment for FDI and indigenous investment has the potential to support an estimated additional 4,000-5,400 direct jobs in the region. In gross terms excluding displacement impacts, these additional direct jobs could provide an annual gross exchequer impact of up to €128 million, depending on the nature of investment attracted.

>The M20 would deliver improved capacity to serve the external trading and connectivity requirements of businesses and tourism in the South-West Region, including through expanding the catchment areas of Cork and Shannon Airports, and the major ports of Cork and Shannon Foynes.

>The scheme would increase the accessibility of the wider South-West and Mid-West Regions for overseas and domestic tourism visitors.

>The M20 would deliver social and community benefits, including reduced stress and improved quality of life for commuters, and enhancing employment opportunities for residents in more remote locations.

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Charleville Tidy Towns Report 2017

 

The following is the adjudicator’s report for Charleville in this year’s SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition, which this week gave the town an increase of 11 votes for 2017, up from 262 to 273.

Thank you for another great submission in the Tidy Towns competition. Your A4 map along with the accompanying key on the A4 sized sheet made your projects easy to find. Congratulations on winning the most improved Town Award in the Cork County Council Anti-Litter challenge. The community involvement is particularly evident the youth category and you are to be commended for your work in this area. So many of your projects involve the schools not just helping you but in the actual design of some of your excellent projects. The derelict house on Smith’s Lane project is certainly one to be proud of. You are aiming high and the community cooperation is taking your results even higher, from the original design of the bug hotel to the kids deciding it should have extra art decoration Working with the county council is important to achieve both of your aims. We were pleased to note that the number of poster being affixed to poles is decreasing as a result of your work with the County Council removing such posters. It is wonderful that you are experiencing what you refer to as “exceptionally positive feedback across the board in the community”. We join you in hoping that this will translate into more active participation in Charleville Tidy Towns

Built Environment and Landscape (41 points, up from 38 last year)

Your lovely wide streets are very well presented, generally free from clutter. Charleville does not appear to have as many derelict shops as would be found in other towns of its size. There are some very well kept impressive buildings such as Murry & Son Ltd. The appearance of this street will certainly improve if your current target of over 70% of buildings interested in participating in the street painting programme is achieved. We look forward to seeing the results. However it was surprising to note that the Tourist information sign on the Main Street was in such bad repair. Your fountain project is particularly innovative. It is a wonderful concept to marry the two major industries in Charlevill; dairying and stainless steel manufacture. Your pictures helped highlight the many stages that it took to put this in place. The milk churns on the cart emphasise the community identity of being a part of the Golden Vale. A great example of businesses, public services and community coming together to create a centrepiece which reflects part of what is best from the town. The derelict house on Smith Street was fully finished by day of adjudication. The wonderful window displays were an extra nice touch. The photos of the before and after of the new footpaths at Farm Gate and Kimallock road junction East truly demonstrate the amazing improvement. It creates a more useable street. The photos show how cars used to park on the footpath where now there is a lovely demarcation.

Landscaping and Open Spaces ((32 points, 31 in 2016)

Your park is a fantastic community open space. The different age appropriate playgrounds from the very young, to teenagers right up to the bright yellow well-kept equipment for adults ensures something for all. However one of the pitches seemed to have been allowed to let the grass grow a bit longer which would hinder some games. We hope that this is a temporary measure. The open space opposite the fountain was a beautiful array of lavender and simply buzzing with bees. We used our pen to put in the sun dial as the pointer and it did seem to work! It is difficult to imagine the Library plaza area being anything but the haven it currently is. The new panting in this area really finishes it off nicely and enhances the area as a place to relax. Seating areas are so important as they provide a very important social resource. The colourful murals provide a wonderful backdrop to this communal space. On day of adjudication it was being highly utilised. The Garden of Remembrance is very well maintained. No weeds were noted here. The rockery could benefit from some structure at vertical stages, e.g. short logs across the soil to prevent heavy rains carrying the soil away. Once again your school students have done you proud with the shrubs at the entrance to St. Mary’s School. The before picture here help highlight the transformation. These low maintenance shrubs have a great softening effect.

Wildlife, Habitats and Natural Amenities ((26 marks, 25 in 2016)

The park was alive with birdsong. Many wag tails were noted. The information boards produced by the transition year students of St. Marys highlighting the different birds and trees were admired. Maybe for the tree board take one the current inserts out and insert a child friendly poster explaining the importance of creating habitats for our local flora and fauna. You mention that you chose boards with Perspex covering so that you could change the display as was needed. This is a wonderful idea as it keeps people interested and engaged. Not every Tidy Towns committee will have the expertise nor know-how as to what resources it currently has. You were fortunate to have a local ecologist to assist you. The Japanese knot weed” Do Not Cut” signs were spotted. It is great that the importance of keeping this under control is understood and acted on. The wildflowers outside O’Sheas are probably not having your desired results yet. However, not all projects work all of the time. The wildflowers at Canon Burke Place are certainly thriving.

Tidiness and Litter Control (50 marks, 49 in 2016)

The work you have carried out on the edges of the footpaths and roads is evident. Some excellent examples include the old Cork Road. A high degree of litter control was evident in main streets and in the housing estates. Your co-ordinated approach here is having the desired effect.

Sustainable Waste and Resource Management (18 marks, 16 in 2016)

You are starting to take a very structured approach to this category which is to be commended. It is one that many groups struggle with. Sometimes starting with a blank page can be so off putting for groups. Don’t forget help is at hand. Check out the Tidy Towns website for more ideas. Best of luck to the talented CBS students as they take their The “Ditch your Carbon Cup Print” project to the National Final of the Eco UNESCO Young Environmentalist’s Award Your new water harvesting project was installed around the back of the library. We would be interested to see how much water this does save.

Residential Streets and Housing Areas ((30 marks, 29 in 2016)

As mentioned above, your continued work with many of the housing estates is enhancing your town, with well-kept grass verges, green areas and mainly litter-free areas. Well done to Hill View Drive on their big clean up. The area was looking well on day of adjudication. Brightly coloured houses were noted in Batt Donegan place. The children were making good use of the green areas. However some trees at the back need to be replaced. The old stone walls did look well. Ensure that when you are cleaning them that it is in an environmentally friendly manner. They are an attractive feature but their nooks and crannies are also a haven for insects.

Approach Roads, Streets and Lanes (37 marks, 36 in 2016)

As an historical market town, lanesways are a part of your heritage. They can sometimes create an eyesore so it is always appreciated when groups take on a project to help rejuvenate these. Well done on this. The landscaping at the Amber service station provides a smart welcoming feature. The HSE building has a lovely avenue of trees and some good planting leading towards the industrial estate. The verges along the graveyard are very well kept The red and white flowers on the walls of the GAA must be extra special to residents, by providing extra county colours in addition to helping brighten up this dull wall. Broad Street looks like it has already benefitted from a recent painting upgrade including the Charleville and district childcare and family education centre. The Limerick Road was looking well. The screening was noted and is in good condition. We appreciate that it is not always possible to follow up on adjudicator comments such as trees may not be possible at the IDA industrial estate. Maybe even just painting the gates would provide a more welcoming aspect to this area.

Concluding Remarks

You certainly took on a wide variety of projects this year. Congratulations on getting so many people involved. We wish you continued success into the future.

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Tidy Towns Update August 2017

FLAG DAY

There was a great response to our flag day on Friday, 18th August.  Contributions amounted to €1395 .We thank all those who contributed so generously and assure you your money is making a difference. Thank you also to our volunteers who manned the tables on the day.

LETTER TO TRADERS

To those traders in town who responded so generously to our letter appeal, we are very grateful. Your contributions make it possible for us to take on projects which make Charleville a more attractive place in which to shop and conduct business. Some receipts have already been issued and the remainder will shortly be distributed.

CPH

Many of our projects involve the use of equipment and CPH have consistently supported us in this regard. Your assistance, which is so generoulsy given, is acknowledged and greatly appreciated

VALE STAR

Thank you to the Vale Star who have helped us reach a wide audience by their willingness to publish all the notes and articles we submit to them.

We also thank Charleville Chamber for including our notes on their website.

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Charleville Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic 2017

Charleville Golf Club ambassador David O’Sullivan, James Foley, Sales Director Cavanagh’s Charleville and P. J. McCarthy, President Charleville Chamber with the Ford Mondeo car that could be won for a hole-in-one at the 16th in the forthcoming Charlevilel Chamber Golf Classic at the club on the 26th May next.

Charleville Chamber of Commerce will be running a Golf Classic in conjunction with Cavanaghs of Charleville and Charleville Golf Club on Thursday 25th and Friday May 26th at Charleville Golf Club.

Charleville Chamber is a voluntary local body, the members of which are elected annually and give up their free time to promote Charleville as a location for commercial, retail and industrial activity and as a residential centre. We are currently working on projects such as CCTV Installation in the town, Renovation of Moatville House, Engineering Cluster and Promotion of local businesses. The management of these projects requires a certain amount of finance hence our need to become involved in fund raising activities.

The format for the Golf Classic will be a ‘Champagne Scramble’ with teams of 3 taking part. The price of a team is €180 which includes tea/coffee and scone on arrival, snack bag for the round ahead and carvery dinner and dessert on completion of the round.

Prizes include 14 Four Balls at some of Ireland’s best Golf courses including Castlemartyr Resort, Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club, Glasson Country House Golf Club, Dooks Golf Club, Rosslare Golf Club, Kinsale Golf Club and Dingle Golf Club.

There will be 4 Ball prizes for

Best Ladies Team

Best Seniors Team

Longest Drive (Men & Women)

Nearest to Pin (Men & Women)

The Star Attraction will be an amazing prize of a Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi ST-Line x Car to the value of €31,000 from Cavanaghs of Charleville for a lucky golfer who gets a hole in one on the par 3 16th hole.

There will be ancillary prizes of

3 Night Holiday in Marriott Praia del Ray, Portugal

2 Night Golf Trip for 4 people to Marriott Forest of Arden

For a Hole in 1 on the other two Par 3’s on the course.

There is also the opportunity for any businesses to become a sponsor for the event with your company name appearing on an 8 X 4 display on the day. Any company that would be interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Sean on 063 33133.

It promises to be a great occasion so get practicing your swing.

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Tidy Towns Clean Up Weekend

Charleville Tidy Towns is appealing to all residents of Charleville to come out this weekend (5th – 7th May) to clean up the area where they live. We hope that residents associations will get involved and encourage everybody to take part in their own neighbourhood.  We would like to see residents of all housing estates, residents of all approach roads as well as residents of all streets, lanes and roads in the town itself to take pride in the appearance of their own patch and have their own locality spic and span. We are aware that some areas have already done a clean-up and we thank them.

We are making a special appeal to all organisations and associations, especially those bodies engaged with young people, i.e. the GAA, Camogie, Soccer, Rugby, Scouts to encourage their members to turn out in force to ensure their grounds and surrounds are litter free.

Charleville Tidy Towns will facilitate the clean up by having a supply of bags available. Please contact Councillor Ian Doyle (087 6644654) for same.  Cork County Council will ensure all litter will be collected as soon as possible after the clean-up is completed.

Charleville is a wonderful place in which to live. It is our town and our responsibility to make it as pleasant as possible a place to live in, work in and play in. Let’s show our pride in our town by taking part in the clean up this weekend.

ANTI-LITTER CHALLENGE

The anti-litter challenge, run by Cork county Council starts on Monday, 8th May. There will be three judging periods, 8 -17 May, 22 – 31 May and 6 -14 June. During these dates, adjudicators will visit and judge our streets, residential areas, green areas and school/service areas according to the presence/absence of litter. We appeal to everyone to be conscious of disposing of their litter in the bins provided and their cigarette butts in the appropriate receptacles. We appeal to residents of all estates to keep their roadways and green areas litter free. We appeal especially to the owners of licenced premises, fast food outlets and bookmakers to be vigilant and spend a few minutes each morning to ensure the footpaths outside their premises are litter and cigarette but free.

PAINTING SCHEME

As reported in the Vale Star on 13th April, the Fermoy Municipal District Streetscape, Painting& Signage Scheme was launched recently. Tenants or owners of buildings can avail of a grant of up to 50% of the cost of painting the facades along the street. Dulux has also committed to giving a 20% reduction on the cost of the paint. Charleville Tidy Towns volunteers have visited many of the businesses in the town, mainly on Main St, and distributed brochures and application forms. If we have missed out on your business please contact Cork County Council Office on the Cork Road to obtain your application form. Closing date for receipt of applications in 12th May.

 

 

 

 

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