Council in line for top award for ‘Adopt-a-Street’ scheme

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Craigavon Borough Council’s service leading ‘Adopt-a-Street’ scheme has been shortlisted in the largest and most well respected Awards in local government after beating off stiff competition from across the UK.

The highly sought after Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards showcase creativity, intelligence and determination within the sector and this year received a staggering 663 entries over 19 categories – and Craigavon is the only Council within Northern Ireland to be shortlisted for an award

The Council’s Adopt-a-Street campaign falls within the Environment Category and Officers Trevor Clydesdale and Pamela Hanna are very proud that it has been nominated, as the number of people registered has far surpassed their expectations.

The scheme has been running for 14 months with the aim to bring people together within their neighbourhoods to help tackle the problem of litter and restore a sense of civic pride.

To date the scheme has over 60 areas adopted, with volunteers from schools, local groups, businesses and individual residents. Incredibly, almost 1,000 bags of rubbish have been collected so far and significant businesses including O2, McDonalds and Asda are all on board to keep their areas free from litter.

By volunteering, these individuals and groups help make a difference to their local area whilst fostering a feeling of community spirit.

“I am absolutely delighted to hear that the Adopt-a-Street campaign has been successfully shortlisted in these prestigious awards – and it is well deserved,” commented Councillor Ronnie Harkness, Chair of the Environmental Services Committee.

“The work that has been put into this superb scheme by Council Officers and of course all of the volunteers has made huge difference to the streets of this Borough. It is wonderful to see so many people taking ownership of their areas, making the effort to keep it tidy and of course passing this mindset on to the younger generation to help safeguard the environment and heritage for the future. Congratulations to all involved!”

LGC editor Nick Golding said: “To be shortlisted for an LGC Award shows that a Council’s work in this particular area really is among the best undertaken by local government across the UK.

“We have had a record number of organisations entering this year’s awards. The competition is stiffer than ever as Councils use their innovation to strive to improve services at a time they must cut costs.”

The next step of the process will be for the Officers to attend an interview to further explain the scheme before attending the actual awards in Grosvenor House, London in March.