Cllr Peter Patrick, of Babergh District Council, and Cllr Glen Horn, of Mid-Suffolk District Council, were given a special mention at the LGiU and CCLA Councillor Achievement Awards ceremony, where they were shortlisted for the Finance and Transformation award.
In addition Babergh District Councillor Clive Arthey, Ward Member for North Cosford, was shortlisted for the Place Shaping and Environment category after being nominated by his local residents.
The annual Awards Ceremony, kindly supported by CCLA, was held on Tuesday evening (6 November) against the backdrop of the Guildhall’s Livery Hall in London. With nearly 200 nominations, competition was extremely tight this year. The winners were selected by a group of judges made up of council leaders and chief executives.
Judges were particularly impressed by the Councillors’ efforts to merge services across the two councils, saving £13m across two relatively small district councils, unlocking cash to reinvest into local services. Moreover, judges were struck by the hands-on approach that Cllrs Patrick and Horn had taken to implement the savings, taking pains to involve staff in the process.
Speaking at the ceremony in Guildhall, London, Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU, said: “It’s fantastic to hear stories of local councillors working selflessly for the community, bringing real benefits to residents. Cllrs Peter Patrick and Glen Horn demonstrated huge talent and dedication. The outstanding quality of the nominations we received this year stands as a testament to the exceptional job many councillors are doing for their community.”
The Councillor Achievement Awards are the only national ceremony to recognise and reward the efforts of councillors from across the political spectrum. A total of seven awards were up for grabs this year.