Council up for trio of awards

Coun John Stirling.

Coun John Stirling.

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Council staff are celebrating after being shortlisted for an award.

North Tyneside Council’s environment and leisure teams have made the shortlist in three categories in a prestigious national awards scheme run by APSE (the Association for Public Service Excellence).

The award shortlist is compiled by comparing performance data from over 250 councils across the UK, ranking councils based on quality, cost and productivity.

In North Tyneside, the shortlisted services were street cleansing; parks, open spaces and horticultural services; and ports and leisure facility management (for The Parks, North Shields)

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for Environment, said: “Congratulations to our teams on making the shortlists – that’s a great achievement in itself and is testament to the effort and dedication put in by our staff every day.”

“While we would have loved to win, we are proud to have been in the running.”

Speaking at the awards, APSE chief executive Paul O’Brien said: “These awards are a timely way to recognise the huge contribution that local council frontline services make to local communities.”