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Over the past few weeks work on replacing some of the wooden pieces of equipment in the children’s playground  Lismore has been ongoing. Their replacement with stainless steel low maintenance  ones has been good news for Lismore Tidy Towns as it will reduce our work load in terms of the painting of the timber structures which we started doing three years ago. Funding for this project has come through the CLAR 2018 programme run by the Department of Rural& Community Development  and delivered for the most part by the local authority which in Lismore’s case is Waterford& City Co. Co.  in consultation with groups in local communities. The CLAR 2018 programme saw funding provided for three different measures:

1. Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
2. Play Area
3. First Response Support Measure.
Local Area engineer Waterford City & Co. Co.   Mrs. Josephine McGrath applied for funding under this programme for road calming measures at BunScoil Bothar na Naomh and the ramps that are seen in the vicinity of the school have been paid for from this fund as has the new playground equipment. This application was supported by Lismore Tidy Towns.
Making the news recently in Lismore  has been the proposed traffic calming measures on a section of the National Primary Road N72 at Ballyrafter. The plan for work at this area has been at least four years in the making.In early 2015 the National Roads Authority now known as Transport Infrastructure Ireland  announced that a traffic management plan for the Ballyrafter area was being considered. However due to financial constraints nothing happened until 2018 when a design team was appointed  and  after meetings with concerned stakeholders  a draft plan for this area was released in October 2018. After receiving a copy of the proposed plan Lismore Tidy Towns had an onsite meeting   with those concerned for some details  of the plan to be clarified  and after that the group  made its own submissions re the plan . When Waterford City & Co. Co. advertise the Public Consultation aspect of the plan Lismore Tidy Towns will again be involved.
On Saturday morning next the 16th February  Lismore Tidy Towns is organising a litter pick up on some of the approach roads to Lismore. Members of the public who would like to help are welcome . Please meet at the car park at 9. 30am . We will supply litter picks and gloves but please bring your own hi vis vest .

ECO TIP OF THE WEEK

Another natural alternative  to expect to make an appearance in the family’s bathroom cabinet in the coming years is bamboo. This multi-purpose plant will be used as a biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging on beauty products, used as an eco facecloth alternative to face wipes and as a natural gentle alternative for the skin smoothing ingredient retinol