Some businesses in Roscommon town are “shabby and neglected”, a report which was released recently has alleged.
The county town was chosen to compete in Ireland’s Best Kept Town competition, an All-Ireland contest that comprises the top performers in the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition and the best in Northern Ireland.
The town participated in the ‘large town’ category, alongside Cavan and Armagh, who were crowned winners in Belfast recently.
While several aspects of Roscommon town’s adjudication report were positive, it also contained some strong criticism.
“The commercial premises along the main streets were varied in standard, ranging from the well-maintained with fine shopfronts to the shabby and otherwise neglected,” the judges noted.
It was also noted that certain approach roads were “neglected” and “untidily developed”.
“The older retail and industrial type premises on the outskirts, in many cases, gave a poor impression,” the judges noted. “For instance, the Longford and Curraghboy roads were cluttered with excessive signage.”
In relation to tidiness, it was noted that much of the town centre had a clean and tidy appearance, but that there were “lapses in standard”.
“Some yards and gaps between buildings and a few laneways were a little untidy,” the judges found.
“On the other hand, expansive untidy forecourts, areas of apparent wasteland and broken fences along some of the approach roads created a poor impression.”
Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher, the Chairperson of Roscommon Tidy Towns committee, accepted the criticisms and said that certain business owners were guilty of a dereliction of duty.
“Business people are responsible for the area outside their own property,” she said. “It is not up to Council staff or Tidy Towns volunteers to be going around picking up the rubbish outside the shop units. People need to take responsibility for their own areas.”