Dirty Old Town

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Dirty Old Town

Post by Micheál » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:54 pm

One of the downsides of Gulliver's Walk was the constant reminder that, despite much good work being carried out to improve the town, there remains a constant - the failure to look after the little things. I particularly referring to a creeping shabbiness from failure to maintain premises and public areas and keep them free, not just from litter, but also from nature.

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Post by Micheál » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:56 pm

This is what greets foot passengers alighting from the ferry

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Post by Micheál » Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:06 pm

If they can be sprayed, could someone at least clamp them . . .

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Post by Navanman » Tue Oct 14, 2014 11:28 pm

Micheál
I am in the Local Chamber of Commerce and have mentioned that (weeds) on a number of occasions but they do nothing about it - that I can see anyway.

Another problem here (my pet hate) is chewing gum on the footpath. Blobs of it all over the place.

By the way I believe the walk was excellent.



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Post by Rocker » Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:31 am

Oh Micheál one of my BIG MOANS........everything is done half heartedly and grudgingly. No pride in their job. I just can't believe the shopkeepers either...the only one I see washing and sweeping outside his place is O'Connor the Jeweller it is a credit to him the rest have everything from dog pooh to human blood trails outside their premises and don't think they owe it to their customers to present a clean and decent pavement into their premises...always when we opened the shop we got a big bucket of hot soapy water and wiped down the doors and scrubbd the entrance....now the shop staff find it hard to take the money for purchases...too busy on their phones talking to their friends!!!


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Re: Dirty Old Town

Post by slipper » Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:29 pm

I live in Ballybrack and frequently walk the environs thereof.
Often my wanderings take through Kilbogget Park,where I've often observed what appears to be a team of maintenance people.Or at least I think that's what their function is...they wear big yellow HV jackets with really deep pockets where things appear to get lost...'cause the people wearing them always have their hands in them, searching. I don't know for certain who employs them or what their specific function is...there are about half dozen of them and they seem to get very long tea breaks and have really lots of time to stand about in their ' containers ' ie work sheds talking and joking. Now!if these people are being paid by some local authority or by social services why could a supervisor not be appointed to help them find whatever it is that's lost in their pockets and when that's done,could transport not be provided to ferry these people to the various places in our borough...especially the town and seafront...where their services could be better utilised in keeping nature at bay??? BangHead BangHead BangHead



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Post by Micheál » Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:02 pm

Hmmm. . . . sounds like Community Service.



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Post by Strum » Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:03 pm

Umm sounds like the Parks Dept.



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Post by keeper » Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:43 pm

Ah Slipper, sure the supervisor is there with them dontcha' know !!!! and the supervisor's supervisor is with the Manager playing golf, if not, they are at a meeting to plan a meeting to organise a "fact finding and educational" visit to California to see weed control at street junctions and litter control on Golf Courses, weather great over there, might as well have a round or two while we are here !!! meanwhile the lads in Killbogget are like U2 as in They still haven't found what they're looking for BangHead BangHead
PS Slipper, tell them you've just lost 5x€20 notes somewhere in the Park and observe from a distance :lol: :lol:



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Post by Rocker » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:54 am

Stop it keeper....don't get me going on the "makey up" little conferences and meetings that the councils countrywide organise so they can all move around and claim their expenses........ :shock: :shock:


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Re: Dirty Old Town

Post by Micheál » Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:30 pm

I noticed some people on F-book today bemoaning how the town has lost its vibrancy etc. Usual blame game - the Corpo, Keegan etc. I wonder how many of these be-moaners actually bother to do business there. I'm guess most head for Cornelscourt, Dundrum, City etc.

Anyroadup, as it happened, I was in the town myself this afternoon (doing business!) and I gave the place the cold eye. What struck me most was the disheveled state of private commercial premises. The windows of several seemingly open shops were so cluttered up with signs that they looked "boarded up".

But the most striking mess was the exterior of the Shopping Centre along Georges St. The inner half of the pathway, under the overhang, is (I suspect) owned and "controlled" by whoever owns the Centre. It was simply filthy - not littered - but disgustingly filthy with all sorts of detritus that no brush could ever remove. It needs, but has not recently received - power washing. Worst of all was a stretch near Golden Disk and O'Briens (Sandwiches!!!) and a blanked out unit which looked like a public vomitorium.

What sort of so-called retailers would allow this to happen?

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Re: Dirty Old Town

Post by Rocker » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:54 am

Well said Micheál. The only ones I ever see out washing the outside of their shops are O'Connor Jewellers and the man with the bargain books, he was washing the windows inside and out the last day I was in there. I cannot for the life of me fathom how a business premises (especially eateries) would think so little of their customers that they would expect them to walk over all sorts to get into the premises. I have phoned the council about whatever machine they have which leaves dirty black streaks outside the Chambers and outside those shops under the Pavilion Theatre. One of the problems with the top of Marine Road is the number of people who hang out at the busstops and eat, drink and smoke and drop half eaten stuff, half drunk drinks and butts on the pavement not to mention the late night vomit!!


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Re: Dirty Old Town

Post by Strum » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:21 pm

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Yes Michael, a very aptly named topic. How long is it now that Harry's Cafe side wall looks like it was hit by a bomb, ten years or so? Five litres of paint in Woodies for 12- 18 quid. Lazy
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Can the CoCo implement some "rule" that owners / renters must look after the appearance of their premises?



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Re: Dirty Old Town

Post by Rocker » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:31 pm

The Dalkey Tidy Towns group is very active. Does Dún Laoghaire have one??


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