CHAMPAGNE corks were popping in Balscadden when it was named the overall winner of the Fingal Cleaner Community Awards for 2012.Balscadden District Community Council received the prestigious prize in recognition of their work on behalf of the residents of the village. Reacting to the news, a spokesperson for the community council said: ' The Fingal Cleaner Communities awards run by Fingal County Council are really important to our local community, giving it the opportunity to be publicly recognised for the work community members do and that recognition is more rewarding than any prize money. 'We are delighted by the award and could not speak highly enough of all the people who have worked so hard to bring a whole sense of community pride into the area, most recently demonstrated in the overall enhancement of the village appearance.' From tractor runs, senior citizen parties, youth club work, community centre, school and church renovations and refurbishments – the list is endless of the hard work the Balscadden Community Council puts into building a strong community with volunteerism at the heart of everything it does. The award came just days before the community was recognised again, this time by Dublin Bus who named the village as one of its top five winners in its Community Spirit Awards for which it received €5,000. A spokesperson for Balscadden Community Council said: 'We never expected to get such a high level of recognition which will help go towards establishing a social group for over 55s in the area. ' The lack of facilities for this age group was initially identified by the findings of a Local Needs Survey where 16 per cent of the community were aged over 55 and 80 per cent commented there was no provision for them within the community. ' The lack of facilities was also highlighted by the Pride of Place judges in July this year. The award is a huge boost to the group and will be put to very good use.'