Mayor praises parks’ staff and community supporters as Green flag raised over Larne’s Dixon Park
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council recently welcomed the quadruple award of a prestigious ‘Green Flag’ for all its entries in the UK-wide environmental scheme. Now Larne staff and community supporters have been praised for their efforts in achieving the prestigious accolade for Dixon Park.
The Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe, has personally met staff and volunteers to convey his appreciation. He is pictured here with Parks Manager Ben Simon, local residents including Ann Marshall, Chair of the Resident’s Association, and Alphonsus McIllwaine who maintains the site, as they prepare to fly the flag at the popular location.
Cllr Ashe said: “The hard work, professionalism and dedication of the staff – and supporters in the community – has paid off in the award of the Green flag.” The Mayor added: “This also visibly demonstrates to the local community and councillors that the sites are being well-managed for the benefit of the local community and local wildlife. “We were awarded the Green Flag across Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead; Bashfordsland Wood/Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus, People’s Park, Ballymena and of course, Dixon Park, Larne. “Dixon Park originally received the Green Flag in 2012, making it the first park in Mid and East Antrim Borough to have this award, and local parks staff and the Dixon Park Resident’s Association are keen that this beautiful community park continues to flourish and to be at the forefront of new developments. “The more Green Flag Awards a local authority has, the more it demonstrates best value for the council and the local community,” he said, adding that it is also a great attraction for tourism.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council assures Norman’s happy landing
It was many happy returns for round-the-world gyrocopter pilot and cancer fund-raiser, Norman Surplus yesterday evening when he landed back home in Larne. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council officials worked fast with very little notice to secure the landing field and ensure public safety as the Larne adventurer piloted his open-cockpit aircraft on the last leg of his epic circumnavigation of the world from Scotland to Sandy Bay on Tuesday evening.
He ended his trip on the same Council-owned playing field close to his family
home where his wife Celia originally saw him off, to be greeted on Tuesday by Celia, their son Felix and daughter Petra and many well-wishers. Mr Surplus declared: “There is hope after surgery and chemotherapy and it is a very personal journey I have been on but I have managed to involve the whole world.”
Council staff were only advised at the weekend that Norman would be returning ‘on Monday or Tuesday – or possibly Wednesday’ depending on the weather during the flight from The Faroe Islands to Scotland and on to Larne.
In the event, staff had the field safety secured and had appropriate levels of staff in attendance as scores of well-wishers turned out to greet Norman’s touchdown, with a large media presence including a live link to BBC Newsline Northern Ireland.
National Allotments Week, which has just been celebrated locally and nationally was marked by events at Eden Allotment Gardens, near Carrickfergus. These included Allotment Wildlife Walk, Allotment Arts & Crafts, Allotment Tidy Up, and Allotment Organic Compost & Fertilizer workshop.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has three allotment sites at
Carrickfergus (Beltoy Road), Greenisland (Knockleigh Drive) and
Larne (Town Park).