A groundbreaking anti-litter campaign set up by Craigavon Borough Council has been shortlisted for a key local government award after beating off competition from across the UK.
This year's Local Government Chronicle Awards received 663 entries over 19 categories, but Craigavon was the only council in Northern Ireland to be shortlisted, for its Adopt-a-Street campaign.
The scheme has been running for 14 months, aiming to bring people together within their neighbourhoods to tackle the problem of litter and restore a sense of civic pride. To date, more than 60 areas have been adopted as part of the scheme, with volunteers from schools, local groups, businesses and individual residents.
Almost 1,000 bags of rubbish have been collected and businesses including O2, McDonald's and Asda are all on board to keep their areas free from litter.
"I am absolutely delighted to hear that the Adopt-a-Street campaign has been successfully shortlisted in these prestigious awards - and it is well deserved," councillor Ronnie Harkness, chair of the environmental services committee, said.