£1k grant boost for Windmill

Jim Wightman, chair Windmill Residents Association.
Jim Wightman, chair Windmill Residents Association.

A Carrickfergus community group is hoping to return to the glory days of having an award-winning estate after securing £1000 funding.

Windmill and Minorca Drive Residents Association has been awarded a community grant from the Housing Executive to help purchase equipment to tidy up gardens and plant out areas on the estate. The members are also hoping to erect flower baskets as part of the project aimed at promoting volunteering and enhancing a sense of pride in the area.

In 1998, the area was named ‘Best Kept Estate’ and chairman of the group, Jim Wightman, said he would love for it to regain its status, so much so that he has enlisted the help of multi award-winning gardener and resident, Annette Keith. Annette has lifted Carrickfergus in Bloom awards on several occasions.

Mr Wightman went on to explain that litter picks and clean-up days are planned and it’s hoped that these will improve inter-generational relationships as well as helping residents who are unable to look after their own gardens.

He said: “We want to make sure that the community buys into the estate clean-up. The equipment will enable us to cut and tend the gardens of those who don’t have the physical capability.

“We want to instil a sense of community spirit in the area and get the young people involved to help us out.”

Philip Wightman, Carrickfergus Housing Executive manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to help fund the environmental tidy-up through our community grants scheme and I look forward to seeing the fruits of the group’s labour throughout spring and summer.”