Corby Council shortlisted for top awards

Electric Corby is up for a best public/private partnership award
Electric Corby is up for a best public/private partnership award

Corby Council has been shortlisted for three awards which recognise excellence in public service.

It has made it through to the final list in the best housing and regeneration initiative category for the Corby New Build Programme, the best public/private partnership award for Electric Corby and the best public/public partnership category for the borough’s neighbourhood approach to tackling community issues. The Association for Public Service Excellence awards ceremony will be held on September 11, in Nottingham when the winners for all categories will be announced following an independent review by an expert panel.

Writing to the borough council Louise McMillan, principal advisor for the association, said: “The awards have attracted more than 375 submissions with more than 135 organisations taking part from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

“Only the best submissions have been shortlisted in each category and we would like to take this opportunity to commend you for reaching the finals of this year’s awards against such impressive competition.”

Leader of Corby Council Cllr Tom Beattie said: “We are very proud to have been shortlisted for three of these national awards. This is well-deserved recognition to all of the officers that have worked hard to make each of these projects a success.

“Being shortlisted for our work in areas such as regeneration, environment-friendly projects and community partnerships shows we continue to head towards our goal of becoming a bigger, better, brighter borough.

“Just to be shortlisted as one of the top entries across the UK is a huge achievement.”

The Corby New Build Programme has seen the regeneration of three areas of the town with 82 new council homes built and hundreds more affordable properties provided for the borough.

Electric Corby, a not-for-profit public private community interest company, supported by Corby Council, aims to establish the town as a leading location for energy-efficient living and enterprise. It has already established Corby Community Energy, a green energy offer to residents and businesses, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and zero energy bill homes.

The Building a Bigger, Better, Brighter Corby programme has seen the council, police and other organisations tackle community issues and cut recorded crime from 7,529 in 2006 to 4,323 in 2013-14.