Durham council named best in country

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham council named best in country Durham council named best in country

DURHAM County Council has been named the best in the country.

The Labour-led authority, which became a unitary council in 2009, won the overall Council of the Year prize at last night’s (Wednesday, March 12) Local Government Chronicle Awards.

The council was also highly commended in the efficiency category for its work on waste management, recycling and rubbish collection.

In a joint statement, council leader Simon Henig and chief executive George Garlick said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the council and acknowledges the significant progress we have made in a relatively short period of time.

“It also reflects positively on the constructive working relationships we have with different partner organisations and the many different agencies we work with.

“None of this would have been possible without the significant contribution all colleagues have made to improving services and creating an ‘altogether better council’.

“On behalf of the council, we would like to thank everyone for their efforts and significant achievement.”

The awards ceremony was held at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

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12:51pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Longbowman666 says...

The best Council in the Country? Tell that to all the people it constantly ignores and then tries to justify to its amount of money wasting!

'Altogether better' - and the 'altogether' bit is...who, exactly?
The best Council in the Country? Tell that to all the people it constantly ignores and then tries to justify to its amount of money wasting! 'Altogether better' - and the 'altogether' bit is...who, exactly? Longbowman666
  • Score: 15

1:26pm Thu 13 Mar 14

David Lacey says...

If this is the best God help us all.
If this is the best God help us all. David Lacey
  • Score: 13

3:12pm Thu 13 Mar 14

settheworldonfire says...

IS IT APRIL FOOLS DAY?
IS IT APRIL FOOLS DAY? settheworldonfire
  • Score: 11

3:16pm Thu 13 Mar 14

DURHAM CITY says...

Come on be fair there was only two councils applied for the award haha
Come on be fair there was only two councils applied for the award haha DURHAM CITY
  • Score: 2

5:22pm Thu 13 Mar 14

st-george1 says...

Durham County Council judged to be the best in the UK by none other than the LGC, the LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHRONICLE magazine and their sponsors, supposedly independent who award councils annually for their achievements … the LGC magazine resource for local government professionals that includes editorial contributions from people at the London School of Economics and some anonymous columnists …
In their nomination letter …Durham County Council said it prides itself on being ambitious, open to trying new things and beholding of a clear set of priorities. Its ‘altogether better’ plan is one example of the organisation’s priorities and sets out a precedent for collaborative community strategies.
Across its six altogether better themes, it is clear that making Durham altogether wealthier is a top priority, hence the initiatives to realise Durham’s economic potential, major physical developments such as NETPark technology park and Durham Gate and its programme to boost tourism through Durham’s Year of Culture in 2013.
Finally, its pioneering approach to engaging local communities through area action partnerships, neighbourhood budgets and participatory budgeting has won international acclaim … to date, it has involved more than 5,000 people in 2,200 projects.
Partnership is a key part of this organisation’s success and Durham believes that it has a huge amount to offer IT's PEERS …
Believe what you hear ...
Durham County Council judged to be the best in the UK by none other than the LGC, the LOCAL GOVERNMENT CHRONICLE magazine and their sponsors, supposedly independent who award councils annually for their achievements … the LGC magazine resource for local government professionals that includes editorial contributions from people at the London School of Economics and some anonymous columnists … In their nomination letter …Durham County Council said it prides itself on being ambitious, open to trying new things and beholding of a clear set of priorities. Its ‘altogether better’ plan is one example of the organisation’s priorities and sets out a precedent for collaborative community strategies. Across its six altogether better themes, it is clear that making Durham altogether wealthier is a top priority, hence the initiatives to realise Durham’s economic potential, major physical developments such as NETPark technology park and Durham Gate and its programme to boost tourism through Durham’s Year of Culture in 2013. Finally, its pioneering approach to engaging local communities through area action partnerships, neighbourhood budgets and participatory budgeting has won international acclaim … to date, it has involved more than 5,000 people in 2,200 projects. Partnership is a key part of this organisation’s success and Durham believes that it has a huge amount to offer IT's PEERS … Believe what you hear ... st-george1
  • Score: -3

1:52pm Fri 14 Mar 14

charlie826 says...

try following the binmen about and watch them take bags back out of bins and leave them in the back streets and then take our RECYCLED rubbish to JOHN WADES QUARRY and dump it in with normal waste so it nhas to be payed to be recycled AGAIN, is that the actions of a responsible COUNCIL,and how many times have you had a letter off tha said COUNCIL with a sheet of a4 paper in it with just 2 or 3 words on it ( very resorcfull i must say
try following the binmen about and watch them take bags back out of bins and leave them in the back streets and then take our RECYCLED rubbish to JOHN WADES QUARRY and dump it in with normal waste so it nhas to be payed to be recycled AGAIN, is that the actions of a responsible COUNCIL,and how many times have you had a letter off tha said COUNCIL with a sheet of a4 paper in it with just 2 or 3 words on it ( very resorcfull i must say charlie826
  • Score: 0

10:23pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Joanne2410 says...

If bin men check your bins and it is contaminated waste or contaminated recycling then they can refuse to take them bags or bins and will leave them! They are following the rules they have to work by set by their department/ higher council managers. It ain't really their fault they're just following stupid rules to keep a job, to keep their families in a home n food - like so many of us do! The boss says jump, we say how high cos if not say goodbye to your job ! Do we work n hate it every day but provide or do we complain and join the unemployment line?
If bin men check your bins and it is contaminated waste or contaminated recycling then they can refuse to take them bags or bins and will leave them! They are following the rules they have to work by set by their department/ higher council managers. It ain't really their fault they're just following stupid rules to keep a job, to keep their families in a home n food - like so many of us do! The boss says jump, we say how high cos if not say goodbye to your job ! Do we work n hate it every day but provide or do we complain and join the unemployment line? Joanne2410
  • Score: 2

12:43am Sat 15 Mar 14

settheworldonfire says...

Joanne2410 wrote:
If bin men check your bins and it is contaminated waste or contaminated recycling then they can refuse to take them bags or bins and will leave them! They are following the rules they have to work by set by their department/ higher council managers. It ain't really their fault they're just following stupid rules to keep a job, to keep their families in a home n food - like so many of us do! The boss says jump, we say how high cos if not say goodbye to your job ! Do we work n hate it every day but provide or do we complain and join the unemployment line?
SLAVES
[quote][p][bold]Joanne2410[/bold] wrote: If bin men check your bins and it is contaminated waste or contaminated recycling then they can refuse to take them bags or bins and will leave them! They are following the rules they have to work by set by their department/ higher council managers. It ain't really their fault they're just following stupid rules to keep a job, to keep their families in a home n food - like so many of us do! The boss says jump, we say how high cos if not say goodbye to your job ! Do we work n hate it every day but provide or do we complain and join the unemployment line?[/p][/quote]SLAVES settheworldonfire
  • Score: 0

8:33am Mon 17 Mar 14

tubgut says...

The best? makes you wonder what the worst must be like. They should study what the mayor of Doncaster is doing and follow his lead, I think we need to review the management and remove the not fit for purpose. At the next election use the opportunity to remove the surplus.
The best? makes you wonder what the worst must be like. They should study what the mayor of Doncaster is doing and follow his lead, I think we need to review the management and remove the not fit for purpose. At the next election use the opportunity to remove the surplus. tubgut
  • Score: 0

12:56am Tue 1 Apr 14

dohahn says...

CONGRATULATIONS DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL!!
CONGRATULATIONS DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL!! dohahn
  • Score: 0

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