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01/07/19 The search is on for the Best Kept Council Housing Scheme 2019

Best Kept Council Housing Scheme 2019

St. Eunan’s Terrace Raphoe winner of the 2018 Best Kept Large Housing Estate in the Stranorlar MD.


Residents in Council Housing estates across Donegal are being encouraged to enter this year’s Best Kept Council Housing Scheme competition. 


“We have over 200 Council housing estates all over Donegal and there are lots of residents living in these estates that do a tremendous job year in and year out keeping their estate in tip top shape” says Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan. 


“This competition is about acknowledging the great work that they do.  This year we are also keen to encourage more and more estates to enter the competition. The competition is organised on a Municipal District basis with a substantial prize fund to be won.  Prizes are awarded for schemes of 20 houses or less, schemes of between 21 and 50 houses and schemes of 51 houses or more.”


The competition is easy to enter and is currently open for applications.  Adjudication will take place during August. Marks will be awarded for effort involved; absence of litter; planting trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens; colour and colour harmony; condition of houses in the scheme; absence of unsightly objects and other special factors.


Cllr. Crossan believes that this is a great way for communities to come together to make their own estate a great place to live in and to bring up their families.  “Each year I have the pleasure of seeing first-hand the work that is done by residents groups in these estates where people are working together, creating a sense of pride and community spirit in their own areas and we are keen to recognise their achievements.”


To qualify for the competition at least 20% of the total number of dwellings in an estate must be in the ownership of the Council.  To enter the competition simply submit an entry form signed by two tenants of the Scheme on behalf of the residents.


Competition entry forms are available from the Housing Section in any Council Office or by calling (074) 91 53900.  The latest date for receipt of entry forms for the competition is Friday 26th July 2019.


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