Commenting on the issue, Cllr Muir stated: “Whilst I am naturally disappointed Holywood didn’t win this year achieving Runner Up status against stiff competition is an amazing achievement. I warmly congratulate and thank everyone involved in keeping Holywood tidy and attractive.
“Great progress has been achieved during the last year with a number of eye sores gone, areas spruced up, graffiti removed and the scourge of litter tackled on an on-going basis. The challenge ahead is to continue this work and focus on the areas where judges felt improvement was required in order to ensure we win the award next year.
“I look forward to working with everyone over the forthcoming months to deliver a tidy town which attracts even more people to live, work or visit. During these tough economic times it’s especially important we have a town which attracts investors.”