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New broom sweeps clean in the townland of Old Bawn for Spring

The recently reinvigorated Residents Association across the parish of St Martin De Porres swept into decisive, positive action within their first month following their AGM in March.

The new committee, with representatives from across Aylesbury & Old Bawn, took a very active part in the An Taisce Sprint Clean campaign, which runs throughout April, by organising a house to house recycling electrical collection with Recycle IT, and a Spring Clean last Saturday.

The electrical collection, held in conjunction with Recycle IT, was carried out by authorised electrical waste collectors and covered 1000 houses over 4 days.

This service made responsibly disposing of electrical goods, from old stereos to exercise machines, free of charge. The lads in Recycle IT were excellent and even helped older residents by lifting the heavy goods and taking them away for free.

A huge thanks to John and the team for their support. Phase 2 of the collection will be announced over the Summer.

On Saturday 8th of April, parents and children assembled at St Martins School and the church to begin the litter picking and grass cutting around the communal areas of Aylesbury.

The sun shone over the first An Taisce Spring Clean in almost a decade in the area making it a very enjoyable day to be outdoors and working with neighbours.

Over 20 large bags of litter were collected by the happy crew of local volunteers.

The kids play area was given a deep clean to remove litter & broken glass.

The volunteers were spurred on by the good weather and even tackled some areas of damage on the football pitches from the illegal bonfires last Halloween.

These were thoroughly cleared of glass, nails and other dangerous items and the sod turned to encourage fresh grass growth. These areas were also “seed bombed” by local kids – who hope to see Summer flowers bloom in these areas in June.

This was just the start of the Residents Associations efforts and the re-establishment of the Neighbourhood Watch, as well as a deputation with SDCC are on the plans before the Summer.

Volunteers are still required to be street coordinators to complete the Neighbourhood Watch set up.

The Dalepark, Parc Gleann na Trasna, Summerfield and Watermeadow areas without any Area Coordinator.

Anyone interested in being involved to #lovewhereyoulive in Aylesbury & Old Bawn are encouraged to email stmartinsresidents2017@gmail.com.

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