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Council hailed at Pride of Place Awards

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (ANBC) has been named as the ‘Best Local Authority’ at this year’s IPB Pride of Place Awards.

The All-Ireland competition judges praised the council for its continued efforts to build “resilient and socially responsible communities that reflect the true purpose of the Pride of Place competition.”
A special mention was also given to Antrim and Newtownabbey’s ‘Love Living Here’ community plan which they deemed “created strong communities who contribute greatly to the quality of life of its residents.”
Other local winners at the event included Whiteabbey Community Group and Tidy Randalstown who picked up first place in 1000-2000 population category and runner-up in the over 5000 population category respectively.
Praising Whiteabbey Community Group, the judges said:
“There is so much to admire about the dedicated group that serves this community and so much to admire in the sheer range of activities organised by them in their impressive community centre – everything from line dancing to provision for victims of domestic violence.
“And then, of course, there are the volunteers (over 30 of them) underpinning it all. Importantly the judges had the opportunity to interact with the volunteers themselves and some service users and they can readily attest that a real difference is being made to the lives of so many individuals in the local community.”