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The Commons wins Best Kept title

Published: Mon, 8 Dec 2014
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Tullymore Rural Amenities Group members are pictured with the Housing Executive’s Sarah McCurdy and Sam Wright and Barry Craig of the Landscape Centre.
The Commons
The Commons in Ballymena was recently named the Best Kept Medium Housing Area in the 2014 Best Kept awards.
Independently run by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council, the awards programme recognises and rewards the towns, villages and housing areas that take pride in their appearance and environment.
Eric Woods, our Housing Manager in Ballymena said: “We are delighted on behalf of the community that The Commons has been recognised at the Best Kept Awards. There’s great collaboration between the local residents and we’d like to thank them for the hard work that made this award possible.”
Doreen Muskett MBE, Chair of the Amenity Council, said: “The places that have won Best Kept awards are clean and tidy, they lack litter and graffiti, the shop fronts are well kept and the residential gardens are pretty. Many of them have beautiful floral displays in public areas and on the approach roads to the town.
“The value of this work can’t be underestimated, I have no doubt that it can have a wonderful effect on the health and wellbeing of local people,” Ms Muskett added.
Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan said: “I warmly congratulate all the winners of this year’s Best Kept Towns and Villages Awards and in particular the overall winner the village of Ahoghill. I applaud all the participants for their dedication and hard work in reaching the high standards needed for success in this competition.  
“I have been a keen supporter of this programme for some time as it continues to exemplify how environmental improvements can deliver tangible benefits in terms of prosperity and well-being across the North.”
Winner of the Large Housing Area was the Folly estate in Antrim. The Ellen McGowan Award, which is presented to the Housing Executive’s entry with the highest mark, went to Dickson Park in Seapatrick.