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LOCAL GOVERNMENT AWARDS 2020

NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCILS “BEST IN CLASS” 2020 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Councils throughout Northern Ireland celebrated yesterday as the eight award category winners of the 2020 Local Government Awards were announced. The event was hosted by Sarah Travers at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast.

The Awards are co-ordinated by NILGA and the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE), this year they attracted 58 entries and showcased brilliance in service provision, new ini-tiatives and the personal commitment from councils, councillors, staff and partners. The catego-ries are designed to foster innovation, exceptional commitment and great work, providing oppor-tunities for local government’s staff and members to step forward and learn from great example.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Frances Burton, Northern Ireland Local Government As-sociation (NILGA) President said,
“Councils across Northern Ireland continue to undertake valuable work and dedicate time and re-sources in order to modernise and improve their areas for local communities, businesses and visi-tors – 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.

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

Winner: City Centre Management - Lisburn & Castlereagh City 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]
1. Multi-Agency Support Hub - Derry City and Strabane District Council
2. Youth19 - Derry City and Strabane District Council
3. Uniform Exchange - Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Winner: Youth19 - Derry City and Strabane District Council

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by the William Johnston Memorial Trust [WJMT]
1. Darren Purdy - Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
2. Sean Fegan - Ards and North Down Borough Council
3. Adrian Elliott - Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

Winner: Sean Fegan - Ards and North Down Borough Council

BEST ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE BY A COUNCIL
Sponsored by Enterprise Northern Ireland
1. City Start Up / Kick Start Programme – Belfast City Council
2. Rural Business Spruce Up Scheme – Mid Ulster District Council
3. Social Enterprise Programme SENMD Initiative - Newry Mourne and Down District Council

Winner: Social Enterprise Programme SENMD Initiative - Newry Mourne and Down District Council

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY ELECTED MEMBER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association [NILGA]
1. Member Led Multi Departmental Initiative on Bonfires - Derry City and Strabane District Council
2. Regional Programme of Elected Member Development, Developed by the Elected Member Development Network - Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
3. Elected Member Induction Programme 2019, Corporate Services - Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Winner: Regional Programme of Elected Member Development, Developed by the Elected Member Development Network - Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council

BEST INITIATIVE BY A COUNCILLOR / COUNCILLOR GROUP
Sponsored by the National Association of Councillors [NAC]
1. Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councillors for ‘Health and Happiness at the Heart of Borough Life’ - Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
2. Cllr Cheryl Johnston for ‘Positive Mental Health in Mid and East Antrim’ – Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
3. Cllr Martin Kearney, Cllr Ian Milne and Cllr Sean McPeake for ‘Portglenone Angling and Blueway Project’ - Mid Ulster District Council

Winner: Cllr Cheryl Johnston for ‘Positive Mental Health in Mid and East Antrim’ – Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY TOURISM INITIATIVE
Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland
1. Armagh Food and Cider Festival - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Coun-cil
2. Tourism Arts and Culture Section - Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
3. Visitor Information Point in Partnership with Private Sector – Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Winner: Armagh Food and Cider Festival - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council

EXCELLENCE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY BY A LOCAL AUTHORITY
Sponsored by Sustainable NI and the Northern Ireland Local Government Association [NILGA]
1. Live Smart – Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
2. Combatting Climate Change - Derry City and Strabane District Council
3. Strategic Environmental Sustainability – Mid Ulster District Council

Winner: Live Smart – Causeway Coast and Glens Borough 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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