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Lisburn Triumphs at Northern Ireland ‘Best Kept’ Awards

October 16, 2019

Lisburn has been named the winner in the ‘Best Kept Large Town/Small City’ category at the 2019 Northern Ireland Best Kept City, Town, Village and Housing Area Awards, sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport.

The prestigious award was given to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) after the judges were impressed with the obvious sense of pride taken in presenting the area to residents and visitors alike. The judges commended the obvious high standard of shops and business premises, beautiful floral plantings, distinctive lighting, litter bins and plentiful public seating.

The council also won the ‘Welcome Award’ for the village of Moneyreagh and Runner Up in the category of ‘Best Kept Small Town’ for Moira.

Over 100 representatives from towns and villages across Northern Ireland joined together at the The Braid, Ballymena for the ceremony, presented by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council (NIAC).

The awards recognise cities, towns, villages and housing areas that demonstrate great pride in their area by going the extra mile to create well-maintained, clean and beautiful communities in which to live and work.

Chairman of LCCC’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, Alderman James Tinsley, said: “It’s wonderful to see the city of Lisburn recognised in these awards and I congratulate Moneyreagh and Moira for their successes also. These awards are a huge credit to the residents and local businesses, who take pride in making our council area such an attractive and welcoming location, and I’m proud of the fantastic work that has been carried out.

“The awards also highlight the commitment of the council in maintaining and improving standards to build vibrant local communities. I’m delighted to see the area continuously thrive and progress.”

Doreen Muskett, President of the NI Amenity Council and daughter of the late Professor Arthur Muskett OBE, who founded the initiative, said: “As always, the standard of applications received across all three competition categories was extremely high and judges faced a very difficult decision in choosing the overall winner.

“Lisburn particularly impressed our judges with its welcoming feel and it is clear that the judges have been clearly impressed by the work of the local council and the hard work of the local residents to make the area an attractive place to live, work and visit.”

The Best Kept City, Town, Village and Housing Area Awards is the final ceremony of the wider Northern Ireland Best Kept Awards, which has already established the Best Kept Health and Social Facility and the Best Kept School.

The Best Kept Awards can be followed on Twitter @BestKeptAwards.