Newark and Sherwood District Council nominated for LGC award
Newark and Sherwood District Council has been nominated for Council of the Year in the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards.
The LGC has recognised the Nottinghamshire authority for its year of growth, development and success.
2017 saw the completion of Newark and Sherwood’s new office, Castle House. The newly-constructed, cost effective and energy efficient building will save the authority £500,000 a year in running costs, compared to their previous office in Kelham Hall. With more than 300 council and partner staff based at the new office, close to town centre businesses and services, the move will bring a positive impact on the local economy and support the council’s prosperity agenda.
The council successfully hosted the finish of Stage 4 of the Tour of Britain in September. The event saw thousands of residents joining the celebration as well as a large number of people travelling in to witness the race.
Phase 1 Heritage Lottery Funding was granted to Newark Castle to rebuild rooms and add a roof to the castle Gatehouse. The project will see the room where King John died restored and create a greater visitor attraction. It is hoped the project will bring in new visitors from all over the world.
The attraction is yet to be finalised but it could introduce interactive displays, in-character guides and a gift shop. As a result of the project, the site will be better managed, in better condition, with engaged audiences.
The council has worked to rehouse Syrian refugees. The first families arrived in February and the rehousing has proved to be a great success.
Newark and Sherwood District Council have taken most of their transactions online in 2017 with more than 2000 householders signing up for paying their council tax online. The initiative will save the council money by cutting down on face-to-face transactions.
The council has launched a £30m housing programme. The project is the biggest of its kind in the district for 40 years. The programme involves the construction of 335 new council homes over a five-year period and is being rolled out across the district in partnership with Newark and Sherwood Homes.
The housing programme will help address local need for affordable housing and tie in with market-led housing growth while bringing jobs, skills, training, additional trade and investment to the district.
Roger Blaney, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council said: “We are delighted to have been recognised among our peers as a well-managed council that delivers for its customers and residents. Being shortlisted for the award of council of the year is testament to the hard work of both members of staff and our elected members over many years and, in particular, the last 12 months where we have successfully completed the move to our new headquarters, Castle House”
The award will be announced on 21 March 2018.