Council in the running for three awards

North Tyneside Council has been shortlisted for three awards in the prestigious national Housing Excellence Awards.

The awards – organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine – are designed to pinpoint excellence and reward innovation.

The council is in the running for three categories:

• Tenants of the Year – Bob Carpenter: the 72-year-old from Battle Hill is passionate about promoting health and fitness for older people, teaching classes in sheltered housing schemes. He was also heavily involved in consultation with tenants on proposed works and regeneration;

• Best New Affordable Housing Scheme – Barr Close, Battle Hill: Barr Close was the site of a former sheltered housing scheme transformed into nine two-bedroom bungalows built by Kier North Tyneside as part of their joint venture partnering agreement with the council;

• Best Partnering Scheme – North Tyneside Council, Justice Prince Community Interest Company and Kier North Tyneside: The Working Roots scheme is full time training programme for disadvantaged young people for trainees aged 16-18.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester on May 6.