BALLYDUFF residents were joined by politicians, community representatives, council workers and Housing Executive staff as they rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into some spring cleaning on Saturday, March 3.
Council cleansing staff began the estate clean-up at 8am, with a crowd of local residents and public representatives gathering at the shops two hours later to lend a helping hand.
Reflecting on the success of the clean-up, DUP councillor Robert Hill said there had been a great turnout of people of all ages.
“Dozens of bags of rubbish were collected and the bulky waste collection vehicle was kept busy all morning. I would like to thank and praise the local community for responding in such numbers and joining us in cleaning up the area,” he commented.
His party colleague, councillor Pamela Barr, said the clean-up had been well attended and had made a considerable difference to the area.
“There is a lot of good community spirit in the estate and a keenness among a lot of people to do good things for Ballyduff,” she said.
Alderman Billy Ball added: “It was an absolutely brilliant day. The sun was shining and there was a lot of hard work done. I’d just like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along and helped out, especially the Newtownabbey Borough Council workers and the Housing Executive wardens.”
Among those who got their hands dirty on Saturday morning were South Antrim MLAs Danny Kinahan and Paul Girvan.
“I’d like to thank everyone who came out for the clean-up,” alderman Girvan said. “The weather was good and a lot of people, including a lot of young people, turned up to help out and it’s good to see people taking pride in their area.”
Mr Kinahan added: “I am pleased that the council and the Housing Executive are working together in Ballyduff to ensure that we can keep on top of the existing problems. I have been working with local residents who suffer recurring difficulties for many months and I hope that new cleansing arrangements put in place by Newtownabbey Borough Council will make their lives easier.
“I am a keen supporter of the Tidy Northern Ireland campaign and I firmly believe we should all be taking pride in the areas where we live to make things better for everybody.”