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LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARDS 2020

NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCILS “BEST IN CLASS” FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

NI’s 2020 Local Government Awards has now reached finalist stage! The response from all councils and partners to this year’s campaign has been fantastic with almost 60 entries across eight categories.

The Awards showcase brilliance in service provision, new initiatives and personal commitment from councils, councillors, staff and partners. They offer public and peer recognition whilst motivating those delivering and sustaining front line and other key council services.  The categories foster innovation, exceptional commitment and great work, providing opportunities for local government’s staff and members to step forward and learn from great example.  

Councillor Frances Burton, NILGA President, said “Councils across Northern Ireland continue to undertake valuable work and dedicate time and resources in order to modernise and improve their areas for local communities, businesses and visitors – as well as wider government and civic society.

“The Local Government Awards are testimony to these services for local people as well as offering benchmarks for wider government and civic society. They provide fantastic learning tools for councils, in an environment where every penny counts.

“We can do things better by learning from the best. This is something NILGA is passionate about, and it is reflected in each of our ambitious and resourceful councils”. 

APSE Chief Executive, Paul O'Brien said “Local councils are the glue that hold communities together. Whether delivering on wonderful parks or collecting bins to attracting businesses and engaging in arts, culture and leisure activities it is the efforts of these frontline service teams that make a real difference at a local level. All the finalist councils are deserving of the highest recognition”. 

The Awards cover eight categories and sponsor partners / support bodies contributing are: Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE); William Johnston Memorial Trust (WJMT); Enterprise Northern Ireland; Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE); Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA); National Association of Councillors (NAC); Sustainable NI and Tourism NI.

Nominees were judged by an independent panel and the finalist councils in each category will be invited to the Gala Awards Recognition Evening as the culmination of the annual Local Government Conference, “The Future of Local Government” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast, on Thursday 20th February 2020.

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The finalists for the 2020 Local Government Awards (in alphabetical order by council) are: -

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY SERVICE TEAM

Sponsored by the Association for Public Service Excellence [APSE]

  • New Leisure Strategy - Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • City Centre Management - Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
  • Parks and Open Spaces: Putting People First - Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Waste and Recycling Team - Newry, Mourne and Down District Council 

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by the William Johnston Memorial Trust [WJMT]

  • Darren Purdy - Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Sean Fegan - Ards and North Down Borough Council 
  • Adrian Elliott - Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

 

BEST ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE BY A COUNCIL

Sponsored by Enterprise Northern Ireland

  • City Start Up / Kick Start Programme – Belfast City Council
  • Rural Business Spruce Up Scheme – Mid Ulster District Council   
  • Social Enterprise Programme SENMD Initiative - Newry Mourne and Down District Council

 

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY COMMUNITY PLANNING INITIATIVE

Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Branch of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers [SOLACE NI]

  • Multi-Agency Support Hub - Derry City and Strabane District Council 
  • Youth19 Team - Derry City and Strabane District Council 
  • Uniform Exchange - Mid and East Antrim Borough Council 

 

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY ELECTED MEMBER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association [NILGA]

  • Member Led Multi Departmental Initiative on Bonfires - Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Regional Programme of Elected Member Development, Developed by the Elected Member Development Network - Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
  • Elected Member Induction Programme 2019, Corporate Services - Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

 

BEST INITIATIVE BY A COUNCILLOR / COUNCILLOR GROUP

Sponsored by the National Association of Councillors [NAC]

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councillors for ‘Health and Happiness at the Heart of Borough Life’ - Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
  • Cllr Cheryl Johnston for ‘Positive Mental Health in Mid and East Antrim’ – Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Cllr Martin Kearney, Cllr Ian Milne and Cllr Sean McPeake for ‘Portglenone Angling and Blueway Project’ - Mid Ulster District Council 

 

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY TOURISM INITIATIVE

Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland

  • Armagh Food and Cider Festival - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council
  • Tourism Arts and Culture Section - Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Visitor Information Point in Partnership with Private Sector – Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

 

EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY BY A LOCAL AUTHORITY

Sponsored by Sustainable NI

  • Live Smart – Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
  • Combatting Climate Change - Derry City and Strabane District Council
  • Strategic Environmental Sustainability – Mid Ulster District Council 

The supporting bodies are who are contributing financially and administratively to the Local Government Awards:

  1. Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE);
  2. William Johnston Memorial Trust (WJMT);
  3. Enterprise Northern Ireland;
  4. Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE);
  5. Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA);
  6. National Association of Councillors (NAC)
  7. Tourism NI
  8. Sustainable NI
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