Newry Street best in UK?

Newry Street Banbridge.
Newry Street Banbridge.

Do you think Newry Street in Banbridge is worthy to be crowned of the Best Street in the UK and Ireland?

As part of an indepth assessment process judges from the Academy of Urbanism will be visiting the street on Monday, August 1 to see if should be offered the title.

It is up against some stiff competition. The other streets fighting for the title are Lark Lane, Liverpool and Wood Street, Walthamstow, London.

The contest is described by many as the ‘geographical Oscars,’ by some within the industry.

Councillor Junior McCrum said if Newry Street got the award, it would put Banbridge proudly on the map.

“It is a great achievement for a small town like Banbridge to be shortlisted for such an award,” Mr McCrum said. “It is competing against two major cities.

“Banbridge is a great shopping town with a good range of retail stores - clothes shops, boutiques and coffee shops.

“Banbridge is filled with lovely shops and stores, some are family owned and the staff are very friendly and greet everyone warmly.

“To get into the contest is a major achievement. The council works hard to keep the whole of the town clean. Around six days a week the streets are cleaned from 6am.

“It would be a great news story if Newry Street did win.”

The Academy of Urbanism – which runs the annual awards – is a politically independent, not for profit organisation that promotes good practice among all those responsible for creating and sustaining ‘great places’.

It brings together leaders and practitioners involved in the social, cultural, economic, political and physical development of villages, towns and cities.

The annual Urbanism Awards are the Academy’s primary platform for recognising the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on November 16, an event to which the council will send representatives. They finalists were announced by Steven Bee, Chairman of the Academy on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 hosted by Grosvenor. The Academy of Urbanism announced 15 Great Places shortlisted by a panel of Academicians as finalists in the 2017 Urbanism Awards.