Louth Leader Partnership steps up to provide funding for the 2012 Louth Looking Good Awards

Ami Connolly

Reporter:

Ami Connolly

The local development company funded by the Irish Government is supporting the awards this year, which is a very worthwhile and keenly contested award scheme

The local development company funded by the Irish Government is supporting the awards this year, which is a very worthwhile and keenly contested award scheme

The Louth Looking Good Awards recognise the huge efforts made by Tidy Towns groups, residents’ associations, individuals and community groups throughout the county in improving the presentation and the amenities of their towns, villages and housing estates.

The awards have been frequently cited as a significant factor in Louth’s hugely impressive performance in the national Tidy Towns competition. Louth Leader Partnership is delighted to be in a position to award funding of €19,382 to the 2012 awards through an application made by Louth Tidy Towns Together.

Cllr Colm Markey, Chairman, Louth Leader Partnership (LLP), said LLP was very happy to be in a position to fund the awards as the work of hundreds of volunteers who give unstintingly of their time, efforts and resources for the good of their local communities deserves to be recognised and celebrated.

Richie Barry, Chairman of Louth Tidy Towns Together welcomed the funding and explained how important the awards were in raising the bar for local communities to encourage ever-greater efforts.

Richie said that the friendly rivalry the Louth Looking Good Awards engenders is one of the reasons that Louth performs so well at national level in the Tidy Towns. The average score in Louth is among the highest in Ireland and is increasing year on year.

Louth Looking Good Awards cover a huge variety of categories ranging from best kept housing estate (in 3 size categories), best presented shop front, environmentalist of the year, most improved community, and gold, silver and bronze awards for towns, villages and communities.

The judging process is long and comprehensive, and includes a detailed report compiled on each community. This report, with its analysis from experienced judges, is of enormous benefit in planning for the Tidy Towns competition.