Newry Street named as runner up Best Street in UK & Ireland

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Newry Street in Banbridge has narrowly lost out in being named as the best in the UK and Ireland.

The award is one of five given out annually by built environment network The Academy of Urbanism to recognise the best urban environments. Each award covers social, economic and environmental factors including governance, commercial success, health and wellbeing.

The award was won by Wood Street in the Walthamstow neighbourhood of London, which was presented at a ceremony in London on Wednesday at the offices of property company U+I.

Steven Bee, chair of the Academy, said: “This historic street has recovered from past difficulties and, with a new master plan to guide management and physical improvements. The amalgamation of local authorities has created better focus and the co-operation between public, private and voluntary interests is reflected in the positive attitudes and atmosphere. Newry Street still has work to do, but the appetite is reflected on the success of the high proportion of local businesses.”

“Our finalists this year, possibly more than any other, are a collection of places that offer lessons for all urbanists - and we are all urbanists. The Academy of Urbanism takes this opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our 15 finalists and the lessons they offer to other places seeking to emulate their success.”