STOCKTON Council is one of only ten in the country to be short listed for the 'council of the year' award at the national public sector awards due to take place in September.
Stockton Council has been short listed for the APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) 'Overall Council of the Year Service Awards', which recognise excellence in front-line local government services.
Only those councils who have been short listed in four or more other categories can go forward to compete for APSE's overall prize.
Stockton Council has been short listed in the following categories:
Internal Service Team of the year - waste and recycling: Over the harshest winter in over 30 years Stockton Council's waste and recycling collection crews collected all 160,000 wheeled bins, recycling boxes and bags on the scheduled day - a fantastic achievement reflecting the dedication and hard work of the collection crews.
Internal Service Team of the year - transport and fleet service: Stockton Council has a fleet of around 500 vehicles and leads the way nationally in fleet management whether it be in relation to service quality and turnaround, driver training, procurement or the innovative use of environmentally friendly vehicles.
Internal Service Team of the year - parks, grounds and horticultural services: Stockton Council's Horticultural Services Team has achieved unparalleled success. Stockton has won Northumbria in Bloom 'Best City' trophy every year since 2004 and has a won Britain in Bloom twice in the last three years picking up the Gold Medal award in 2009, the highest possible accolade from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Stockton was also nominated by the RHS to represent the United Kingdom in the 2010 Entente Florale competition.
Best Employee and Equality Initiative - Care For Your Area: Stockton Council's Care For Your Area's commitment in promoting personal training and development, health and well being for its 400 strong front line award winning team.
Councillor Ken Lupton, Leader of Stockton Borough Council, said: "I'm pleased and proud the Council has been short listed for the overall council category award. It is testament to the hard work of all our staff who have demonstrated our commitment to providing quality services to residents - whatever the weather. At the same time as demonstrating value for money in the services we deliver this nomination shows that we also endeavour to get the job done to a very high standard."
Neil Schneider, Chief Executive of Stockton Borough Council, said: "While it's always welcome to be recognised by our industry in this way and our staff gain recognition for their efforts what matters most is that our local residents, businesses and visitors are satisfied with the services we offer. That's why we also carry out regular resident, business and employee surveys and we would encourage anyone to contact us if they have any issues around our services."
The awards winners will be announced by APSE on 9 September. Stockton Council was also short listed in 2007 for the prestigious Local Government Chronicle (LGC) 'Council of the Year' award.