Cllr Iain Malcolm, of South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council, has won an award for Place shaping and Environment at the LGiU and CCLA Councillor Achievement Awards ceremony.
The annual awards ceremony, kindly supported by CCLA, was held on Tuesday evening (November 6th) 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.
Councillor Iain Malcolm represents an area which has historically suffered from serious deprivation, but has seen a remarkable change in fortune in recent times, in large part thanks to Cllr Malcolm's ambitious whole-place vision.
Thanks to the £100 million investment he has plugged into the town centre and the work to attract and set up the new Advanced Manufacturing park, he has succeeded in increasing job opportunities and making the area a vibrant place to live and work.
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. Cllr Malcolm has 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.