Environment Minister Mark H Durkan last week presented awards to Northern Ireland’s ‘Best Kept’ City, Towns, Villages and Housing areas - and Ballycastle scooped one of the awards!
Glenshesk Court, Ballycastle won the category for Sheltered Housing Area.
The overall award was presented to the picturesque village of Scarva. They will now compete in the final of the All-Ireland Tidy Towns competition.
This year saw the introduction of a ‘Best Kept City’ category, which was awarded to the city of Derry. Armagh was awarded the prize for ‘Best Kept Medium Town’ and Omagh received the ‘Best Kept Large Town’ award.
Speaking at the awards ceremony in Derry’s Guild Hall, Mark H Durkan said: “In the North we are blessed with a beautiful natural and built environment. It is one of our greatest assets and we all share the responsibility for protecting and improving it, for current and future generations. These awards are a great way to recognise the contribution of many who give up their own time and efforts to showcase and enhance their local environment.
“The communities who participated are taking pride in their surroundings, making them a more attractive place for people to live.”