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Three council services shortlisted for national awards

24 April 2019

Three services provided by Cheshire East Council have been announced as finalists in the national Municipal Journal (MJ) awards. 

These prestigious awards recognise ability, ingenuity and performance within the public sector.  Successful finalists were selected by a team of judges from across the country as part of the MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2019.

The Cheshire domestic abuse project helps individuals fleeing abuse and facing complex challenges find settled accommodation and move towards stable lives. This initiative is an innovative way of working involving four councils: Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Warrington, and Halton. 

The service was shortlisted in the ‘Transforming Lives’ category which seeks to recognise councils who work with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people, and those with significant barriers to living independent lives.

Crewe Green roundabout improvement scheme is a key project in an ambitious £320million programme of highways works designed to free up capacity, ease congestion and pave the way for economic growth ahead of the opening of the planned HS2 Hub in Crewe in 2027.

The roundabout was shortlisted in the ‘Highways management’ category, where judges were looking for examples of how councils successfully overcame challenges to deliver an improved highways service for their residents. 

The ‘life with less plastic’ campaign was shortlisted in the ‘Innovation in Communications’ category where judges were looking for innovative local authority communication campaigns where many of the ideas behind the project were locally-driven.

Back in 2018, Ansa Environmental Services who provide waste management services on behalf of Cheshire East Council were contacted by local community groups who were deeply concerned by television and media reports of the impact that plastic waste is having on marine life. In order to address the demand for advice and guidance, a simple campaign toolkit was developed to empower communities and schools to take control of their own consumption and alter behaviour.

Kath O'Dwyer

Kath O’Dwyer, acting chief executive of Cheshire East Council said:  “I am both proud and delighted that the work of our staff in delivering these three projects has been recognised by these prestigious awards. This is evidence that we are being acknowledged nationally in leading the way for quality, performance and innovation.

 “We are a learning and ambitious organisation and our work continues to ensure that Cheshire East is a great place to live, work and visit - a place that celebrates all our communities, working with them to achieve their hopes and aspirations.

“I wish all the teams the best of luck at the finals on 26 June.”