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Burnley councillors nominated for top national award

Release date: 
Wednesday, 12 October, 2016

A pair of long-serving Burnley councillors has been shortlisted for a prestigious award recognising their work in the community.

Burnley Council councillors Ida Carmichael and Roger Frost are up for accolades at the annual Local Government Information Unit’s Councillor Achievement Awards.

Cllr Carmichael, who has spent 18 years on the council for Whittlefield with Ightenhill, has been shortlisted in the District Councillor of the Year category.

Local historian Cllr Frost, who has represented Briercliffe ward as a Liberal Democrat for 28 years, is up for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The group leader for Burnley Conservatives Cllr David Heginbotham said: “I’d like to congratulate our party member Cllr Carmichael on her nomination. She is very passionate about the local community and has directly inputted into different activities and projects taking place not only in her ward but across the borough. I wish her all the success at the awards ceremony next month.”

Speaking of Cllr Frost’s nomination, Burnley Liberal Democrats group leader Cllr Gordon Birtwistle said: “Very pleased to hear that Roger’s hard work is recognised – it is thoroughly deserved.

“Roger is part of the history and tradition of Burnley and its politics. As a local historian and councillor he has brought so much to the borough.”

The C'llr Achievement Awards are organised by the Local Government Information Unit and a specialised investment fund CCLA.

They aim to recognise councillors who show dedication to their communities and make positive changes to the lives of people locally.

Burnley Council leader Cllr Mark Townsend said: “I’m really pleased to hear that two Burnley councillors have been nominated for these national awards. They both have given many years of public service over a range of different things and their achievements well deserve the recognition.

 “The shortlist highlights for the whole of the country some of the good things going on in Burnley – for that, both councillors are to be thanked and congratulated.”

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

They will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday November 1st against the backdrop of the Guildhall's Livery Hall in London. 

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