Council leader Iain Malcolm in line for national award for work to transform South Tyneside

Coun Iain Malcolm has been shortlisted for a national award.
Coun Iain Malcolm has been shortlisted for a national award.

The leader of South Tyneside Council has been shortlisted for a national award.

Coun Iain Malcolm has been shortlisted for the Place-shaping and Environment award at the 2018 Councillor Achievement Awards.

The annual Awards, run by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and the Churches, Charities and Local Authorities (CCLA) organisation, are the only national ceremony to honour the hard work of councillors from across the country that often goes unrecognised.

Councillors Tracey Dixon and Pat Hay were among those who nominated the leader for the award.

Coun Dixon, for the Whitburn and Marsden ward in South Shields, said: "Iain always places outcomes for residents front and centre of council investment. He has driven forward the South Shields 365 masterplan with the aim of making the town the region's premier coastal resort.

"Integral elements of this scheme - namely The Word, National Centre for the Written Word and Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall - have already won a multitude of national awards with his vision already providing tangible benefits for the community."

Coun Pat Hay, for the Harton ward in South Shields, said: "Iain brings a voice to those who need it most, investing his time on an individual level to support people through intrinsically complex difficulties, while working at a strategic level to create the conditions for whole communities to flourish.

"South Tyneside has been transformed in the last decade with new housing, schools, infrastructure, culture, leisure, transport and public realm investments. Many local authorities are visiting South Tyneside to learn from our approach."

With nearly 200 nominations, competition was extremely tight this year.

Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday, November 6 at the London Guildhall.

The winners will be selected by a group of judges made up of local government experts and councillors.

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU said: “We received nearly 200 nominations for the 2018 Councillor Achievement Awards, so it’s a huge achievement to be shortlisted. The shortlisted councillors went above and beyond the call of duty in 2018, making a real difference to their residents.”