Broxtowe Borough Council has been recognised for the quality of its parks and open spaces, after picking up the Most Improved Performer Award for Parks, Open Space and Horticultural Services at the Association of Public Services Excellence (APSE) Performance Network Awards, the second time the team has won the award since 2012.
The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Susan Bagshaw, met the Council’s Parks & Environment team today to present them with the award and congratulate them on their hard work.
The award judges praised the Council for maintaining high service standards and increasing the total area of land maintained, despite reduced staff levels. They also commended the Council’s high customer satisfaction rate, the quality of play areas and the number of local nature reserves for the size of the borough.
Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Environment and Economic Development, Councillor Richard Jackson said: “We are incredibly proud to receive this award for the second time as recognition for the hard work and commitment that goes in to the improving the local area for our residents.”
“The national recognition of this award is a real credit to the dedication of the Council employees who work hard every day to ensure we protect and enhance the environment in Broxtowe for future generations.”
The Parks and Environment team maintain 23 parks and recreation grounds and over 40 open spaces across the borough, including four Green Flag Award winning parks and 15 Local Nature Reserves. They are also responsible for maintaining cemeteries, churchyards, allotments, Council Housing land and floral displays in the borough’s town centres.
The award was presented in Blackpool last week.
The Council was also shortlisted for two other awards with Kimberley Leisure Centre shortlisted in the Most Improved category for Leisure and the
Housing team shortlisted for ‘Most Improved’ in Building Maintenance.
The APSE Performance Networks Awards are national awards that compare data submitted by local authorities across the UK.
Source: Broxtowe Borough Council Press Release.