Larne traders and politicians have heaped praise on a scheme which rewards people for keeping the borough clean and tidy.
The ‘Doing the Right Thing’ initiative, spearheaded by Larne Borough Council, aims to encourage civic pride in the community by offering monetary incentives.
Those who are identified putting litter in the bin or scooping up dog fouling are entered into a prize draw, with a chance to win a £50 voucher.
The latest draw took place this week and was won by Glynn resident Jean Hood.
Mrs Hood received her winning ticket when the council’s Environmental Warden saw her cleaning up after her dog had fouled on the footpath. The £50 voucher may be used in a number of shops in the borough.
A dog owner for seven-years, Mrs Hood said she always cleans up after her dog and she expects other dog owners to do the same. “Not picking up dog foul is disgusting and shows a total lack of consideration towards others,” she added.
John Shannon, chairman of Larne Traders Forum said: “We are delighted to present this award to Mrs Hood and local traders welcome anything which helps to improve the appearance of our community and keep it looking clean.”
The scheme will run up until the end of March 2015. Two further draws are planned for January and the last draw will be on Monday, March 30, 2015 prior to the amalgamation of Larne Council with its counterparts in Carrick and Ballymena.
Since piloting this scheme, seven other councils in Northern Ireland have taken up the initiative. The council also received requests from elected members in Basildon Council, London, who wished to receive details of the innovative scheme.
Larne Mayor Councillor Martin Wilson thanked Larne Traders Forum for supporting the initiative and encouraged all residents in the borough to do the right thing when it comes to putting litter in the bin and cleaning up dog foul.