Council wins gold and silver APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) awards

East Lothian Council enjoyed a double award win at the APSE Scotland Striving for Excellence Awards in Aviemore. East Lothian Council scooped the gold award in the ‘Parks, Grounds and Streets category and added a silver award in the Fleet category at APSE Scotland’s Fleet, Waste and Grounds seminar 2018.

The awards, designed to recognise successful local government neighbourhood services, celebrate innovation in service design and delivery in the areas of Waste and Recycling Services, Fleet services and Grounds Maintenance and Parks and Streetscene Services.

Scottish councils continue to provide a first-class service for their communities   APSE Chief Executive, Paul O'Brien

Cllr Norman Hampshire, Depute Leader of East Lothian Council, said: “I would like to add my congratulations to the council teams who have achieved these national awards. The Parks, Grounds and Streets award recognised our Amenity Services partnership working with Friends of Ormiston Park that supports the council to best meet local community needs. The East Lothian Area Partnerships have been particularly successful in pulling together resources to deliver significant enhancements to our towns and villages via ‘hands on’ community efforts which allows the council to focus efforts on its core ‘Clean and Green’ delivery model.”

“The Fleet category award was in recognition of the partnership working with Transport Scotland to adopt the Young Scot Card (NEC) for school students to use instead of a council administered school bus pass. Transport Officer, Andrew McLellan, undertook considerable research which has resulted in a system bringing a number of benefits including accurate billing, the opportunity to change route details at no extra cost if a pupil changes schools and substantial reduction in the administration of the school bus pass per academic year.”

As host of the Awards, APSE Chief Executive Paul O’Brien said, “I am thrilled to see so many local authorities ensuring that their services benefit from innovative ideas and best practice. The award ceremony was a fitting end to an excellent seminar. Despite operating in a climate of growing uncertainty, the Striving for Excellence Awards prove that Scottish councils continue to provide a first-class service for their communities.”

Published: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018