Political achievements need not always represent a momentous turn of events. Not every political victory is a landslide election or a transformative legislative development. Sometimes, political progress is far subtler than this; incremental rather instant.
The Judges’ Special Award goes to a councillor who has shown a demonstrable contribution to local government over a number of years. Councillors play a key role shaping the development of their community, working with members of the locality to achieve positive outcomes. The councillor who wins this award will have been an elected member for a significant period of time and in this time will have contributed considerably to the development of the council and their local community.
Last year, this award went to Councillor Joan Barton. In her 34 years as a Sheffield city councillor, she succeeded in spearheading a number of large-scale policy projects whilst also devoting time and attention to the needs of the residents in her ward. As Joint Deputy Chair of the Education Committee in the 1980s, Councillor Barton achieved an agreement to minimise school closures, in the face of declining rolls in the local area. In the early 1990s, she was a leading figure in Sheffield’s successful bid for the Student Olympics, ensuring a legacy of superb sporting facilities for the city. More recently, as Deputy Leader in the late-1990s, Councillor Barton forged important local trade links with emerging German and Chinese cities. In addition to the achievements outlined above, she has worked very closely with several residents groups in her area, and as a result created an inclusive forum that continues to work towards regenerating her area of Sheffield.
So if you know a dedicated councillor who has served their community for many years, we want to hear from you. The councillor who wins the 2013 Judges’ Special Award for Contribution to Local Government will demonstrate:
- longevity of service
- that they have held positions of leadership or extra responsibility on the council during their time as a councillor
- a significant number of achievements over a period of years – both within the council and community
- how they have contributed to improved outcomes for their local communities.
The Awards are free to enter, anyone can make a nomination and any councillor can be nominated.
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