Vandals are once again posing a threat to Kilkenny’s Tidy Town ambitions, with the large flower pots dotted around the city this time the target.
On Monday morning of this week, Jacob Street was strewn with debris and the contents of four flower pots, which despite their size and weight had been overturned. To their credit, council workers were quickly on the scene to sweep up the damage and replant the pots.
This latest act of wanton vandalism has come at a most innopportune time – the end of June period in which the first round of Tidy Towns judging is taking place. Council staff and local volunteers are at their busiest at the moment, planting new flowers and placing extra flower pots around the city in a bid to boost Kilkenny’s chances in the competition this year.
Last summer, the council approved a draft set of bye laws governing public amenity spaces and playgrounds in a bid to curb the anti-social behaviour and damage to public property. Kilkenny gardai have said that the culprits are difficult to catch unless caught in the act.