With just over a week left to enter the ‘Best Kept’ Town, Village and Housing Area category, we thought it would be helpful if we gave everyone an insight into how to impress the judges and make your local area stand out.
Although the official closing date for Town, Village and Housing Area entries is next Friday 24th April, judging is not due to commence until later this summer. Meaning any eager volunteers have plenty of time to demonstrate their civic pride and to spruce up the local area.
Each year the judges travel to every town, village and housing area entered into the competition and assess the following areas;
- The cleanliness of the streets including the absence of litter, fly posting, graffiti, vandalism and dog fouling;
- The condition of buildings in the area including any derelict premises;
- Is there advertising present? If yes, where it is situated and how is it maintained?
- Presentation of the natural environment and any open spaces in the area;
- The overall appearance of approach roads and public facilities, such as, public restrooms, litter bins, seating areas and car parks;
- Is there strong evidence of community and business participation, if so, how have local residents and employees demonstrated their civic pride?
In 2014, we received some outstanding entries and we’d like to see even more this year! We’ve listed some quotes from our judges, explaining how last year’s winners really stood out!
‘Best Kept’ Large Village – Ahoghill
“The best way to describe this village is a “show piece” where well-presented villages are concerned!
“Community participation seems to be very much a factor in presenting the village so beautifully. All properties in the village are very well kept and maintained and have not been allowed to become dilapidated. Open spaces are delightful to visit, there are lots of floral displays sponsored by local people which are carefully positioned throughout the village.”
‘Best Kept’ Small Village – Loughgall
“A clean village with no sign of litter, fly posting, graffiti, vandalism, dog fouling or inappropriate advertising. All the ingredients needed for a winning village! Community participation is of a very high level, and residents clearly take pride in their surroundings. Open spaces, including in the park, are attractively maintained with an abundance of floral displays and tubs throughout the village.”
‘Best Kept’ Large Town – Antrim
“It is evident that huge efforts have been made to improve the appearance of this historic town. There is ample evidence of civic and community partnership towards enhancing the town’s appearance. Municipal planting on roundabouts, road junctions and along the main shopping area is superb and hanging baskets are in abundance enhancing the environment for residents and visitors alike.”
‘Best Kept’ Medium Town – Cookstown
“The approach roads into the town are all well maintained with tidy grass verges well interspersed with shrubs and floral display. All the residential areas were very neat with their owners clearly taking pride in their appearance. Floral displays in the town are most colourful. Business people and residents both clearly take pride in the town and this is enhanced by the civic lead that the district council takes through its floral displays, trees and how it deals with vacant sites.”
‘Best Kept’ Small Town – Randalstown
“This is a very busy, attractive and welcoming town. There is ample evidence of community participation in maintaining a colourful and tidy environment with the provision of several new large planters and litter bins. All open spaces were well attended and an excellent display of hanging baskets.”
If you think your local town, villages or housing area could do with a tidy up and want to get involved please call us on 02890 403681 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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