Swords through to Best Kept Towns competition

by Emma Nolan

Fingal County Council have announced that due to its performance in last year’s Tidy Towns Competition, Swords has been chosen to participate in Ireland’s Best Kept Towns Competition for 2016, under the Large Urban Centre Award.
The Best Kept Town Competition is an all island initiative organised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council.
Participation is based on a town’s performance in Tidy Towns, and features four awards, Best Village, Best Small Town, best Large Town and Best Large Urban Centre.
Speaking on the announcement, chief executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid said: “The Tidy Towns Competition has continued to play an important part in enhancing the local authorities relationship with residents and businesses of the county, and the new nomination to participate in the Best Kept Towns Award gives recognition to the hard work of all involved in making Swords a great place to live or visit.”
Local councillor and General Election hopeful Darragh Butler (FF) spoke to The Gazette about the announcement. He said: “This is great news for Swords and well deserved. Both Fingal County Council and Swords Tidy Towns deserve huge credit for the enormous efforts they have put in to date.”
The news comes as the announcement was made to demolish the derelict buildings that block Swords Castle on North Street. The works will also include consolidation works on Gatehouse and Knights Chamber buildings at Swords Castle and alterations to paths and landscaping inside.
Arrangements to remove the graffiti at Elmwood Drive in Swords are also underway.
Butler said: “With the derelict buildings blocking Swords Castle to be demolished this year, Swords will look even better in 2016 and hopefully we will win the Best Kept Town award.”

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