26th July, 2001


Dear Michael,
I was very disappointed to read some of the comments from the Blackrock reader who derided the Volunteers of the Douglas Tidy Towns Committee. The derisory reference to the "Yellow Jackets" were most unfair.
As one who took action last year to get the Council to invest in some trial weekend clean ups (in our professional capacity) and as one who would benefit from an increase in weekend activity from the Council, I find it heartening that people have such pride in their locality and give so freely of their time and energy.
As a company, we could benefit if the weekend (Sunday) litter collection was given out to contractors, but there is not enough in the budget and I strongly object to unnecessary derision of the volunteers who have made great strides in keeping our community clean. (On several occaisions this year we have been commissioned by the County Council to operate a weekend clean up and it was our pleasure to work beside the volunteers.) God Bless their enthusiasm and long may they continue to have such community spirit. Fair Play to all in the Tidy Towns Committee and especially the County Council here in Douglas (George and all the lads) because there is a startling difference in the area over the last year. Well done to everybody.
On the news front, we in Munster Specialist Cleaning Services( Ireland's only Litter collection equipment manufacturers, yes we are going to start making the machines here in Ireland) have been very busy selling our Cleaning Equipment. Our Little Wheelie Bin model is proving the most popular and Douglas Court Shopping Centre have just ordered one for control of the litter problem around the centre. Ballincollig, Glanmire, Cobh, Fermoy, Skibbereen, Kinsale, Clonakilty, Ennis, Finglas, Kenmare, Cahirciveen, Killarney and Dublin have bought our innovative BinVac(R) Litter Collectors. Dublin are talking about buying up to 30 of our Largest machine SP-125 model. At just over 8,000 they are less than half the price of the famous "Green Machine" sweepers (as recently procured by our local council).
Anyway enough of the Party Political stuff keep up the good work.
Jim O'Flynn, Managing Director
Munster Specialist Cleaning Services
22 Ravenscourt, Donnybrook, Douglas.


I am writing on behalf of the concerned residents of Bellevue. As you may be aware, the very welcome new school for the community will be situated behind the church in Grange.
The difficulty, which the residents of the estate have with this, is with respect to the access and set down point which is proposed on Bellevue Rd. Currently this road would experience high volumes of traffic at peak times.
We are endeavouring to put the issue of congestion across to the planners; this will be exacerbated with 500 pupils and 300 new houses in Ard-field using the road. Apart from the issue of traffic congestion there is the safety of all to be considered, residents motorists, children in the park and of course the children accessing the school.
We wondered if you would have any pictures on file of the gridlock, which can occur in estate which access schools e.g. St Columba's etc. We feel that pictures may help to put our point across.
If you do not have pictures, do you have any contacts in the residents association in Shamrock Lawn who may be able to assist, as it will be too late to wait until September to take the pictures ourselves.
Thanking you in advance for any assistance you may be able to give.
Concerned Residents of Bellevue
(Name and address with Editor)


Dear Michael,

I was wondering is the flyover still going ahead over the Kinsale roundabout, and if it is have you any idea when it's going to start.
Many Thanks,
John McCarthy.