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2017 Local Government Awards: Northern Ireland's "Best in Class" councils share success

2017 Local Government Awards: Northern Ireland's "Best in Class" councils share success

Councils throughout Northern Ireland celebrated yesterday evening as the eight award category winners of the 2017 Local Government Awards were announced.  The event was hosted by television presenter Sarah Travers at the La Mon Hotel, Castlereagh.

Speaking at the event, Alderman Arnold Hatch, Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) President said,

“Congratulations to the winners and to all the 11 Councils who took the time to submit entries into the 2017 Local Government Awards."

“Just two years on from the reform of local government, we have tackled huge changes right across our sector.  As community impact grows and performance improves, these awards are testimony to modernising and improving 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 not only every penny counts but exceptional performance is witnessed every day."

“We can do things better by learning from the best. This is something NILGA is passionate about, and it is reflected in our ambitious councils who are celebrating strong public services delivered through local people tonight."

APSE Chief Executive, Paul O'Brien said “The standard for this year’s submissions was especially high and winners and finalists thoroughly deserve the recognition that these awards bring to our local councils in Northern Ireland. Well done to all.”    

 

The 2017 Local Government Awards Northern Ireland winners and finalists are:-

 

 BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY SERVICE TEAM

Sponsored by the Association for Public Service Excellence [APSE]

Winner: Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (Grounds Maintenance Unit)

Finalists:-

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (Antrim Castle Gardens Team)
  • Ards and North Down Borough Council (Food Waste Recycling Project Team)
  • Belfast City Council (Play Service Team)

 

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by the William Johnston Memorial Trust [WJMT]

Winner: Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (Samuel Hyndman)

Finalists:-

  • Ards and North Down Borough Council (Julie Ferguson)
  • Fermanagh and Omagh District Council (Matthew Nevin)

 

 

BEST ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE BY A COUNCIL

Sponsored by Enterprise Northern Ireland

Winner: Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough (Food Heartland of Northern Ireland)

Finalists:-

  • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council (Year of Food and Drink Engagement/Causeway Food Network Initiative)
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (Invest Lisburn Castlereagh)

 

 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]

Winner: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (Food Heartland Inspirational Careers Days

Finalist:-

  • Belfast City Council (Connswater Community Greenway Project)

 

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY DIGITAL INTEGRATION PROJECT

Sponsored by Oracle

Winner: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (Developing a Digital Culture: Growing the Digi-Tech Economy)

Finalist:

  • Belfast City Council (The Connection Vouchers Scheme)

 

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY ELECTED MEMBER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

Sponsored by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association [NILGA]

Winner:  Belfast City Council (Women Leaders Programme)

Finalists:-

  • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (Delivering our Corporate Plan through Member Development)
  • Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council (Use of Elected Member Development Charter to drive successful changes in Member Development)
  • Derry City and Strabane District Council (Member Learning Programme)

 

BEST INITIATIVE BY A COUNCILLOR/ COUNCILLOR GROUP

Sponsored by the National Association of Councillors [NAC]

Winner: Ards and North Down Borough Council (Comber Farmers’ Market)

Finalists:-

  • Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (Heart City – Community Defibrillators)  
  • Mid Ulster District Council (Aughnacloy College 3G Community Pitch)

 

BEST LOCAL AUTHORITY TOURISM INITIATIVE

Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland

Winner: Mid Ulster District Council (Seamus Heaney HomePlace)

Finalists:-

  • Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (Georgian Festival 2016)
  • Belfast City Council (Belfast City Hall Exhibition – A Journey from Past to Present)

 

Notes to editors

 

The Local Government Awards Northern Ireland showcase the best examples of service provision, new initiatives and personal commitment from councils, councillors and officers. The awards show public recognition while awarding excellence in front line local government public services. The categories are designed to acknowledge innovation, individual commitment and to highlight the best working practices, while providing opportunities for those working within local government a chance to step forward and shine. Following the reorganisation of local government in Northern Irelands, the 2017 Northern Ireland Local Government Awards make a welcome return to the local government calendar.

 

For more information or to arrange for interview please contact  Mark Maher, NILGA, Tel: 028 9079 8972 Email: m.maher@nilga.org or APSE Mo Baines on mbaines@apse.org.uk

 

 

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.

           

 

          

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