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Housing Executive areas recognised as Best Kept

Published: Wed, 11 Oct 2017
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Clarke Baillie, NIHE, Joe Mahon, NI Amenity Council, Michelle Hatfield, Belfast City Airport & Doreen Muskett, President of the NI Amenity Council, with Sheila Donaghy, Angela Mullan and Sammy Wilson with their award for Lismore Drive, Donaghmore.
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The outstanding work by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive helped a number of areas clinch Best Kept award.
The outstanding work by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive helped Blackstone Park, Magheramason and Lismore Drive, Donaghmore secure awards at the Northern Ireland Best Kept City, Town and Village and Housing Area Awards, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport.
Blackstone Park, Magheramason was awarded Medium Housing Area winner, while Lismore Drive, Donaghmore picked up two gongs for Small Housing Area winner and the Ellen McGowan award for best Housing Executive area.
The Awards were attended by Mr Clark Bailie, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, who assisted in the presentation of awards to all housing winners.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Doreen Muskett, President of the NI Amenity Council, said:
“The standard of applications received from all of the Council areas this year was extremely high. Our judges faced a difficult decision in choosing the city, town and village winners as well as the overall winner.
“The Best Kept Awards initiative is a fantastic opportunity for cities, towns, villages and housing areas across Northern Ireland to work with their local community to encourage residents, businesses and volunteers to have a practical and positive effect on their direct environment. We are extremely grateful to Belfast City Airport for its support this year.”
Michelle Hatfield, Director of Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility at Belfast City Airport, said:
“On behalf of George Best Belfast City Airport, I would like to congratulate every city, town, village and housing area that has taken part in this year’s competition. The efforts have been incredible and it’s fantastic to hear about the direct impact that the volunteers have had on residents, businesses and the community at large.
“It is a pleasure for the airport to support the Best Kept Awards in its 60th anniversary year. At Belfast City Airport, we deliver an award-winning Community Commitment Plan which focuses on Community, Education, Environment and People.
“Over the last six decades, the initiative has played a huge role in engendering a sense of civic pride among communities across Northern Ireland. We want to support local communities as they strive to improve the environment and the lives of its people – core values which we share.”
The Best Kept City, Town, Village and Housing Area Awards is the final ceremony of the wider Northern Ireland Best Kept Awards initiative, which has already recognised schools and healthcare facilities.
First established in 1957, the competition has grown over the years and now includes 90 awards across a number of categories.