Ark­low is Ire­land’s best kept large town

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - By EIMEAR DODD

ARK­LOW is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter be­ing named the Best Kept Large Town in Ire­land’s Best Kept Towns com­pe­ti­tion.

San­dra Duffy of Ark­low Tidy Towns said ‘We are ab­so­lutely thrilled. This is a mas­sive achieve­ment for the whole town. We were hon­oured to be nom­i­nated. The ad­ju­di­ca­tion took place in May and ev­ery­one put in a huge ef­fort. This win is not only great for Ark­low, but for the en­tire county.’

Ire­land’s Best Kept Town is an all is­land com­pe­ti­tion in which some of the best towns in the Su­perValu TidyTowns com­pe­ti­tion com­pete against their coun­ter­parts in North­ern Ire­land’s Best Kept com­pe­ti­tion. It is sep­a­rate from the an­nual Tidy Towns com­pe­ti­tion.

Ark­low was nom­i­nated by the 2018 TidyTowns ad­ju­di­cat­ing panel in the Best Kept Large Town cat­e­gory along­side Ardee and En­niskillen.

Chair­man of Ark­low Tidy Towns, Cllr Tommy An­nes­ley con­grat­u­lated the Tidy Towns vol­un­teers, CE scheme works, coun­cil staff and the wider com­mu­nity for their ef­forts.

‘It’s amaz­ing, peo­ple go out in all weather, both day and night,’ he said. ‘The amount of work they do is in­cred­i­ble. It re­ally is a com­mu­nity ef­fort from ev­ery­one.’

Cllr Pat Kennedy thanked ev­ery­one in­volved for their work. ‘We need to keep this progress go­ing be­cause it will help to en­cour­age more peo­ple to visit the town.’

Cllr Peir Leonard said ‘mas­sive con­grat­u­la­tions to ev­ery­one for their com­mu­nity ef­fort to keep Ark­low look­ing fan­tas­tic.

‘I’d like to espe­cially ac­knowl­edge the work of all the lo­cal Tidy Towns vol­un­teers who are re­lent­less in their ef­forts to keep the town ship shape and coun­cil and CE work­ers who some­times do not get the recog­ni­tion for the part they also play in the up­keep of the town.’

Mean­while, the ad­ju­di­cat­ing panel for the 2019 TidyTowns com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pected to visit Ark­low shortly.

Su­san Duffy said ‘We won silver in 2018 and this year, we are go­ing for gold. The team will re-dou­ble its ef­forts.’

She also thanked ev­ery­one in Ark­low for their sup­port. ‘This win is ev­ery­one. In­di­vid­u­als adopt spots around the town that they keep tidy and this is another rea­son why we won. The sup­port we get from the com­mu­nity is phe­nom­e­nal.’

Ark­low Duck Pond which is one of the town’s as­sets.

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